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Image of the day 08/05/2017

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    VdB 141 - The Ghost Nebula, 


            Jason Guenzel
    VdB 141 - The Ghost Nebula

    VdB 141 - The Ghost Nebula

    Technical card

    Resolution: 2069x2586

    Dates:May 30, 2017June 1, 2017June 16, 2017June 22, 2017June 24, 2017June 26, 2017June 27, 2017June 28, 2017

    Blue: 40x240" -20C bin 1x1
    Green: 40x240" -20C bin 1x1
    Luminance: 244x180" -20C bin 1x1
    Red: 40x240" -20C bin 1x1

    Integration: 20.2 hours

    Darks: ~50

    Flats: ~50

    Bias: ~256

    Avg. Moon age: 9.17 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 23.92%

    Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00 job: 1673854

    RA center: 319.102 degrees

    DEC center: 68.187 degrees

    Pixel scale: 0.797 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: -2.861 degrees

    Field radius: 0.366 degrees


    Situated not too far from the more famous Iris Nebula, the Ghost Nebula is a notably similar tangled structure of backlit dark dust. The name comes from the obvious appearance of two figures to the lower left. The nebula is classified as a globule, meaning it is a relatively isolated patch of dark dusty material.

    I would be remiss in not mentioning this one took me a LONG time to get where I wanted it. Capture was one aspect, but processing this dark nebula out of Orange Zone data was truly a challenge.




    Jason Guenzel
    License: None (All rights reserved)

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    VdB 141 - The Ghost Nebula, 


            Jason Guenzel