Celestial hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Lynx (Lyn)
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PK 164+31.1 in HOO - AP 130 GTX First Light, Kyle Goodwin
PK 164+31.1 in HOO - AP 130 GTX First Light
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PK 164+31.1 in HOO - AP 130 GTX First Light

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PK 164+31.1 in HOO - AP 130 GTX First Light, Kyle Goodwin
PK 164+31.1 in HOO - AP 130 GTX First Light
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PK 164+31.1 in HOO - AP 130 GTX First Light

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Also known as Jones-Emberson 1, this planetary nebula was formed via the death of a star very similar to our own Sun.  As the temperature was no longer sufficient to sustain fusion of heavier elements the gasses expanded from the star leaving the core as a white dwarf.  This target is somewhat tricky to image given its relative faintness.  This was my third attempt at imaging it, and it still needs more data as well as some RGB for star colors.  There aren't too many suitable narrowband objects that are well placed for an all night image this time of year here and the moon precluded choosing a broadband target, so I decided to give this one another try and was rewarded with my first reasonable image of the target as a result.

This image was the first light for my new AP 130 GTX after a nearly 10 year wait.  I will be making adjustments to the spacing of the flattener and adding a tilt adjuster before my next image with the scope, but I wanted to get it out there given how rare it is to have a clear night when receiving a new, long-awaited piece of astronomy equipment!  This image also marks my return to using Voyager for imaging since it seems to handle focus better than NINA on this scope.  I'm sure NINA will also handle it fine once I have the backspacing dialed in for the flattener, but I'm enjoying Voyager for now and will stick with it for a while.

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