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The Flaming Star Nebula1260 viewsThe Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405, is located in the Constellation Auriga. The nebula is illuminated by the variable star AE Aurigae that is slowly passing thru the nebula but in fact did not condense from the surrounding nebula. The image acquired with a Canon 20Da DSLR (ISO 800) and a Takahashi E 180 astrograph. Total exposure time of 2.5 hrs (30 X 300 seconds lights calibrated, aligned, stacked, and stretched (DDP) in Images Plus 3.80 and further processed in Adobe Photoshop CS4).
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The Owl Nebula982 viewsThe Owl Nebula (Messier 97, or M97) is a planetary nebula in the Big Dipper about 2600 light years away. The nebula formed about 6,000 years ago when a Sun-like star died. The nebula gets its name from the owl-like "eyes". This narrowband image consists Hydrogen alpha, Hydrogen beta and Oxygen emission lines captured through a 120mm f/8.3 refractor and Atik 314L+ camera (109 min total exposure).
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Messier 97, the owl nebula1125 viewsMessier 97, aka the owl nebula, in Ursa Major is described in Admiral W. H. Smyth’s A Cycle of Celestial Objects (2nd Ed, 1881) as a “large planetary nebula, or globular collection of nebulous matter.” M97 has a three-shell structure; the red color of the Ha emission of the second shell is visible in the image. Image is a total of 8 hr exposure taken with an Astro-Physics 130mm f8 refractor and SBIG SR2000xcm on an AP 1200 mount (24 x 20 min lights, 30 darks, 64 flats, 64 flat darks, 64 bias) calibrated in Images Plus 5.0; color balance in PixInsight 1.8; Photoshop CS6
 
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