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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

PuWe1, a Planetary Nebula, project finalized

PuWe1, a Planetary Nebula in Lynx 
Ra 06h 19m 34s Dec +55° 36′ 42"

Note. The size of the full Moon is marked as a gray circle, at the lower Left corner, for a scale.
A bicolor composition from emission of ionized elements. H-alpha = Red, O-III = Green and 85%O-III+15%H-a = Blue. This composition is very close to a visual spectrum. Star colors are mixed with a same method.

PuWe1, (Purgathofer-Weinberger 1, PNG 158.9 + 17.8, PK 158+17.1) is a large circular Planetary Nebula in the constellation of Lynx. It has an apparent diameter of 20', without an outer halo seen in the image.


After new sets of exposures, it really starts to look, that there is an outer halo in this Planetary Nebula!
I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere nor imaged before. 
PuWe1 seems to have a same kind of structure, than much brighter M27:

This is an extreme dim nebula but after processing the data carefully, the emission of ionized Oxygen, O-III, seems to have much large diameter, than a circular H-a area at center. There is an extended area of H-a outside of the main structure, it seems to be stronger at Right side of the Nebula. 

M27 and PuWe at the same scale.

Processing work flow:

Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.

Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack. 
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

Tokina AT-X 300mm f2.8 @ f2.8
Platform and guiding, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f5
Camera, QHY9
Guider, Lodestar
Image Scale, 3,79 arc seconds/pixel

Baader H-alpha 7nm 12x1200s, binned 1x1
and 16x900s, binned 2x2
Baader O-III 8,5nm 14x600s, binned 3x3

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