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NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula | by Dark Arts Astrophotography
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NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula

NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula, commonly known as "The Eye of God", or more recently, "The Eye of Sauron", is a large planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius. This nebula is one of the closest to the Earth at approximately 700 light-years in distance. It is similar in appearance to the Ring Nebula and Dumbbell Nebula, varying only in its relative proximity and the appearance from the equatorial viewing angle.

 

A reprocess of some data collected in October 2015. I had been sorely disappointed in my original efforts with this image, thinking my data was just not up to par. But revisiting it with more experience and processing it in a different manner resulted in bringing out its vibrant colours and fine detail and contrast that I had completely lost in my original attempt. I can now "put this to bed", so to speak, as I'm finally satisfied with my results.

 

Camera geekery:

 

Nikon D5100

8" Meade LX90 ACF @ f/6.2

Celestron Advanced VX mount, guided

11 x 10 min exposures @ ISO 800

 

Shot from the Lennox and Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area in Erinsville, Ontario

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Uploaded on September 5, 2016