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Medusa Nebula PLN205+14.1 and NGC 2395

 

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Scope: MN152 "Levy" Mak-Newt 150 mm at f/4.8, Location: Laguna Mountains, CA , 4  February 2013  Camera: ST8300M

Exposure: 14 x 10 min  H-Alpha (1x1 bin) exposure, 8 x 4 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  CCDSoft (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Combine), LRGB channel registration, central gradient removal, and color equalization - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, LRGB combine and finishing  - Photoshop.  This image is a Ha-RGB combine with Luminance layering -   Final Image size is approximately 2000x1500.

North is up in this image. The Medusa Nebula has a catalog designation of PLN205+14.1. It is a planetary nebula that images well in the H-Alpha emission band. Its distance is estimated at 1,500  light years from Earth.  NGC 2395 is an open cluster (upper right in this image). NGC 2395 is 1,670 light years distant from Earth. This image replaces an earlier image in the archives here.  Horizontal FOV is 88'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 07h 28m 13s Dec: +1324'51"

 

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