Cookie consent

AstroBin saves small pieces of text information (cookies) on your device in order to deliver better content and for statistical purposes. You can disable the usage of cookies by changing the settings of your browser. By browsing AstroBin without changing the browser settings, you grant us permission to store that information on your device.

I agree
Contains:  The star 132Tau, The star 125Tau, The star 26Aur, The star 118Tau
Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
Sh2-240, Spaghetti Nebula, HO Bicolor, 19 Dec 2017, 


            David Dearden
Sh2-240, Spaghetti Nebula, HO Bicolor, 19 Dec 2017

Sh2-240, Spaghetti Nebula, HO Bicolor, 19 Dec 2017

Technical card

Resolution: 4473x3202

Dates:Dec. 19, 2017

ZWO H-alpha 7nm: 40x300" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
ZWO OIII 31 mm 7 nm: 36x300" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 6.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.08 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.32% job: 1864928

RA center: 84.827 degrees

DEC center: 27.754 degrees

Pixel scale: 5.937 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 267.805 degrees

Field radius: 4.536 degrees

Locations: Mapleton Lateral Observatory, Mapleton, Utah, United States


One motivation for this image was to compare with the image I took a year ago, which was the first using the Tamron 135 mm lens; I wanted to see how much my technique and experience had changed over the last year. The new image suggests these have changed a lot. I had intended this to be HSO/SHO, but the session failed (the image download hung up) while trying to autofocus the SII filter (which was the last in the sequence) long after I had gone to bed, so it ended up being only bicolor. It looks like the weather is turning stormy at last (winter is coming pretty late this year in Utah) so I’m going with the data I have rather than wait for more clear skies. These data were tough to process because this target is quite dim, hence the original data required very extensive stretching and were consequently pretty noisy. Nearly all the structure shows up only in Hα (only the barest hint of the filaments in OIII), though I’m curious whether anything would have been visible in SII. I continue to have trouble with my Tamron 135 flats (the current ones overcorrect), so I ended up not using them and just let StarTools’ Wipe vignetting module handle things. I went back and forth a few times about how dark to make the background, and ended up leaving it fairly dark. I understand this nebula is thought to be a supernova remnant. The structure in the filaments is amazing—it looks to me more like a wad of fine spun gold with the color choices in this image, rather than spaghetti—leading me to wonder what caused it. Most likely it was just random turbulence at the time of the supernova explosion, but it is fun to speculate that maybe it was somewhat shaped by a planetary system around the star, destroyed at the time but imprinted on the remnants (now that we know that most stars do have orbiting planets). Of course I have no evidence for such romantic speculation!

Date: 19 Dec 2017
Subject: Sh2-240 (Simeis 147), Spaghetti Nebula
Scope: Tamron 135 mm f/2.8 lens stopped to f/4
Filters: ZWO 31 mm diameter unmounted Hα, OIII (7 nm bandpass)
Mount: EQ-6 (EQMOD 2.000j)+PEC
Guiding: Orion 9x50 Finder + DSI IIc + PHD (Win 10 ASCOM) using predictive PEC algorithm
Camera: ASI1600MM-Cool, -20 °C, Gain 139 Offset 21
Acquisition: Sequence Generator Pro
Exposure: 40x300 Hα, 36x300 OIII
Stacking: Neb 4.1.6, darks only, trans+rot align, Nebulosity 1.5σ stack and align.
Processing: StarTools 1.4.328: Used StarTools’ “Wipe” module to correct for vignetting, then stretched and deconvoluted each channel separately in StarTools. Aligned the processed layers in Nebulosity then combined in Photoshop using Annie’s Astro Actions’ HO Bicolor module. Multiple rounds of Photoshop Curves and Levels, combined with several rounds of Carboni’s Make Stars Smaller, then Deep Space and Space Noise Reduction and a few rounds of Less Crunchy More Fuzzy. AstroFrame.



David Dearden
License: None (All rights reserved)

Sky plot

Sky plot


Sh2-240, Spaghetti Nebula, HO Bicolor, 19 Dec 2017, 


            David Dearden