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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tulip Nebula, Sh2-101, apparent scale in the sky

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.

Sharpless 101, the "Tulip Nebula"
In constellation Cygnus

This is a second version, this time in "natural" colors from the emission lines.
First version in HST-palette can be seen here:

NOTE. The size of the full Moon (0,5 degrees) is marked as a gray circle in all of the images.
Natural color composition from the emission of ionized elements, R=80%Hydrogen+20%Sulfur, G=100%Oxygen and B=85%Oxygen+15%Hydrogen to compensate otherwise missing H-beta emission. This composition is very close to a visual spectrum.

Images used in the series above

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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