Imaging telescope or lens: Stellarvue SV70T
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool
Mount: Celestron AVX
Guiding telescope or lens: ZWO 60mm f/4.6 Guidescope ZWO 60mm Guidescope
Guiding camera: Starlight Xpress Lodestar x2
Focal reducer: Stellarvue SV70T Focal Reducer
Integration: 37.9 hours
Avg. Moon age: 9.57 days
Avg. Moon phase: 70.72%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00
Astrometry.net job: 1757469
RA center: 317.365 degrees
DEC center: 60.159 degrees
Pixel scale: 2.315 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 67.276 degrees
Field radius: 1.728 degrees
Locations: Backyard Red Zone Observatory, Taylor, MI, Michigan, United States
Sharpless 129 is an H-alpha emission nebula commonly called the Flying Bat Nebula located in Cepheus very close to the famous IC 1396 (the nebula that contains the Elephant's Trunk). The large blue/green nebula inside it, which is over a degree long, is formally known as Ou4 but is colloquially called the Squid (or Giant Squid) Nebula. Ou4 is remarkable for having been discovered very recently, in 2011, by amateur astronomer Nicolas Outters (hence the "Ou" in "Ou4"). It was originally called a planetary nebula but is now thought to be some kind of bipolar outflow from the bright blue star at its center (which is HR 8119).
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