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Contains:  NGC 281, The star ηCas
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Pacman Nebula - NGC 281, 


            Israel Gil Andani
Pacman Nebula - NGC 281
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Technical card

Frames: 52x1800"

Integration: 26.0 hours

Basic astrometry details job: 1875299

RA center: 0h 52' 18"

DEC center: +56° 53' 45"

Pixel scale: 2.100 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 89.617 degrees

Field radius: 1.214 degrees

Resolution: 3325x2506

Locations: Home Observatory - ALO, Picassent, Valencia, Spain


Pacman Nebula - NGC 281

Look through the cosmic cloud cataloged as NGC 281 and you might miss the stars of open cluster IC 1590. But, formed within the nebula, that cluster's young, massive stars ultimately power the pervasive nebular glow. The eye-catching shapes looming in this portrait of NGC 281 are sculpted columns and dense dust globules seen in silhouette, eroded by intense, energetic winds and radiation from the hot cluster stars. If they survive long enough, the dusty structures could also be sites of future star formation.
Source: APOD.

Tech details:
Sky-Watcher NEQ 6 Pro tuned by HAS, Takahashi FSQ-106N, Moravian G2-8300 with Astrodon 3nm filters. 21x1800s Ha + 16x1800s [OIII] + 15x1800s SII (26h.)
Taken from my backyard observatory. Valencia (Spain).
Processed in PixInsight.

Hope you like it.



Israel Gil Andani
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  • Pacman Nebula - NGC 281, 


            Israel Gil Andani
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    Pacman Nebula - NGC 281, 


            Israel Gil Andani


Description: Better overall backround stars and fixed some star halos within the nebula

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Pacman Nebula - NGC 281, 


            Israel Gil Andani