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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

M57, the "Ring Nebula" NGC 6882

Narrow band image of the M57 as a bi color, H-alpha & O-III, composition.
Not too commonly imaged outer halo structure can be seen in an image. There is least two layers of it, outer one is faintly seen in this image. There is clear O-III signal too in a first layer of outer halo.

Ring Nebula, M57, NGC 6822, locates in constellation Lyra, near a very bright star Vega. This planetary nebula lays about 2300 light years away from the Earth and has a diameter of  1,3 light years.
The small angular diameter, 230" x 230", makes this target difficult to image. The central white dwarf of planetary nebula nucleus is seen in an image as a Bluish dim star, visual magnitude is 15,75. Star was visible only in O-III channel.

A closeup

Technical details:

Processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack.
Deconvolution with a CCDSharp, 30 iterations.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

Telescope, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f5
Camera, QHY9 Guiding, SXV-AO @ 8,5Hz
Image Scale, 0,75 arcseconds/pixel
Exposures H-alpha 9x1200s, binned 1x1
O-III 3x1200s, binned 1x1

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