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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tulip Nebula, Sh2-101, the scale in a sky, zoom in series

I have shot many targets with several focal lengths. 
Due that, I will publish some older images as an image sets, with different field of view and detail levels.
The fractal nature of our universe stands out nicely by this way and it will make the orientation more easy.

Many times, it's difficult to understand the image scale of astronomical images.
Due that, I will add a Moon circle in some of the images to show the angular scale in a sky. 
The full Moon has an angular size of ~30 arc minutes, that's equal to ~0,5 degrees.

The full Moon

Sharpless 101, the "Tulip Nebula"
In constellation Cygnus

Images are in HST-palette, (HST=Hubble Space Telescope) from the emission of ionized elements, R=Sulfur, G=Hydrogen and B=Oxygen. Star colors are mixed from the NB channels, Red=H-a, G=O-III and B= 85%O-III + 15%H-a.
NOTE. The size of the full Moon (0,5 degrees) is marked as a gray circle in all of the images.

First image is a three panel mosaic of the "Cygnus Trio"
Second one is two panels from a mosaic.
The mosaic wide field was shot with a Tokina AT-X 300mm f2.8 camera lens.
A closeup image, at the bottom, is shot with a Meade LX200 GPS 12" reduced under 2000mm.
Baader narrowband filter set was used with both images, wide field was shot with a QHY8 and closeup with QHY9 cooled astronomical cameras.

Original images with technical details can be found here:

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