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NGC 7283 "The Helix Nebula"

About this object

This image of the Helix Nebula was taken from my backyard during the new moon period in Oct 2010. 7 hrs of luminance and 4hrs of color data was combined to produce this color image. In the full size image, many faint galaxies can be seen in the background to magnitude 19. The Helix is listed as magnitude 7.3 and close to 15arcmin in size. Its one of the brightest and closest planetary nebula in the sky. For more information on the Helix nebula see this link:

Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SV160 triplet refractor
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: QSI 583
  • Filters: AstroDon 31mm LRGB filters
  • Exposure: LRGB 420:240:240:240
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 4.56, CCD Commander
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: Oct 2010
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