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M97 - The Owl

March 6, 2017

First image of 2017. M97, or the Owl nebula. One of the best examples of planetary nebula in the night sky. Its central star shredded its outer layers, thousands of years ago. 


Technical details:


Imaging telescope: AT12 RC astrograph f/8
Imaging camera: QHY9M CCD, -20C
Filters: Orion 2'' RGB
Mount: AP900 GTO
Other: Meade DSI guider, Robofocus
Software: CCD Commander, Maxim DL, Photoshop CC 2014, Pixinsight 1.8

Date: Feb 27, Mar 3, 2017
Exposure: RGB:6x900'' each, bin1, synthetic L
Total integration 4.5 hours
Location: Asteria observatory, Hocking Hills, Ohio, US


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