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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Barnard 72, the Snake Nebula

A new image produced as a collaboration with me and Eric Recurt. The data is shot from his observatory at Tenerife. The Observatory locates at 2400 m altitude and at 28 degrees North. The site has excellent seeing conditions, 0.8 " on average and can be below 0.3 "

Barnard 72
You better click the image to see it in full glory! (2100 x 1600 pixels, 6,5MB)

The Snake Nebula, Barnard 72, lays at front of a very dense starfield of our Milky Way

A full resolution closeup, click for a large image


The Snake Nebula (also known as Barnard 72) is a dark nebula in the Ophiuchus constellation at a distance of about 650 light years. Barnard 72 lays at front of the Milky Way star clouds from the north-north-west edge of the bowl of the Pipe Nebula. 

Technical details

Processing workflow

Deconvolution with a CCDStack2 Positive Constraint, 23 iterations, added at 33% weight
Color combine in PS CS3
Levels and curves in PS CS3.

Imaging optics
 340mm F3.3 astrograph


Cameras and filters
FLI PL 16803

Exposure times
Luminance, 40 min.
Red = 15 min.
Green = 15 min.
Blue = 15 min.
Total 1h 25min

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