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.
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