Category Archives: Planetary Nebula

Sagittarius Teapot Over Seneca Rocks, WV

I recently had the opportunity to spend a few nights in the Seneca Rocks area of West Virginia. After 36-hours of non-stop rain, I was stunned by the crystal clear dark skies in this area! I think they rival the dark skies that I observed in Wyoming and Montana. The light wispy clouds add some depth to this image showing the teapot section of the constellation Sagittarius. Unfortunately, I was only equipped with a stationary tripod on this outing, but I’ll be back.

How many Messier objects can you find in this image? You can see the open clusters M6 and M7 just getting ready to go behind the trees in the lower right.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted, 10 seconds, 70mm, ISO 3200, star filter added for some diffraction spikes. Location: Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. Date: July 30, 2017.

Hope you like it!

…Tom

Messier 97 – The Owl Nebula

The Owl Nebula (also known as Messier 97, M97 or NGC 3587) is a planetary nebula located approximately 2,030 light years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The owl-like appearance is caused by various formed shells expanding away from the central star.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 23 x 60 second images at ISO 3,200 with 4 x 60 second darks and 4 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Guided using a Canon 400mm lens and ZWO ASI290MC camera. Imaging was done on April 14, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Online information:

SEDS (http://messier.seds.org/m/m097.html)

APOD (https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090515.html)

…Tom

The Eskimo Nebula – NGC 2392 in Gemini

Here is a quick 15-minute exposure of the double-shell planetary nebula called The Eskimo Nebula or NGC 2392. It is located in the constellation Gemini and is about 2,900 light-years away at a magnitude of 10.1. I need more exposure time to bring out the filaments in the outer shell to make it look like a face surrounded by a parka hood.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 60 x 15 second images at ISO 3,200 with 5 x 15 second darks and 5 x 1/4000 second bias frames (captured using BackyardEOS software) using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Imaging was done on February 18, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

NGC 2438 – Planetary Nebula in Puppis

NGC 2438 is a planetary nebula found inside the open cluster M46 in the constellation Puppis. I remember the first time I imaged M46 and spotted this fuzzy planetary nebula, I thought I discovered something new! My star atlas, at the time, did not show this NGC object. This planetary nebula is actually not part of the open cluster, it just appears in the same line of sight. It’s estimated distance is 3,000 light years away and has a magnitude of 10.8.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 40 x 15 second images at ISO 5,000 with 5 x 15 second darks and 5 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Imaging was done on February 18, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Additional information:

…Tom

NGC 2022 – Planetary Nebula in the Constellation Orion

NGC 2022 is a small planetary nebula found in the shoulder of the constellation Orion, it is roughly 6000 light-years away and is roughly ½ light-year across. The magnitude is listed as 12.0.  I did manage to capture some details inside this PN.

Tech Specs: This image is composed of 104 x 15 second images at ISO 5,000 with 5 x 15 second darks and 5 x 1/4000 second bias frames using a Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera mounted on a Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Imaging was done on December 27, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Online references:

…Tom

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