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Contains:  NGC 1360

Image of the day 02/06/2019

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    NGC 1360 – The Robins Egg Nebula, 


            Terry Robison
    NGC 1360 – The Robins Egg Nebula
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    NGC 1360 – The Robins Egg Nebula

    Technical card

    Frames: 263x900"

    Integration: 65.8 hours

    Basic astrometry details job: 2498680

    RA center: 3h 33' 13"

    DEC center: -25° 52' 4"

    Pixel scale: 0.804 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 47.101 degrees

    Field radius: 0.371 degrees

    Resolution: 2763x1842

    Data source: Own remote observatory

    Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


    This is an example of a typical evolved planetary nebula. In other words, aging. It lacks the obvious shell morphology often seen in a younger versions of planetary nebula. This large beautiful planetary nebula can be found in the constellation Fornax. Its common name, “The Robin’s Egg Nebula” describes the object perfectly.

    Reddish jet like glows located along the longer axis are believed to have been ejected from the original star before its final collapse. In time, entropy will cause everything to fade. Eventually, only the white dwarf in the centre will remain. It will take several billion years to finally cool off.

    I really wanted to show as many details and features that I could with this data set. Accentuating depth and contrast areas within this very distinctive object.

    The image was constructed using five filters, Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, and Hydrogen-Alpha (Ha). The total imaging time is 65.75 hours.

    Exposure Details:
    Lum 75X900
    Red 35X450
    Green 36X450
    Blue 49X450
    Ha 32X1800
    Total time 65.75 hours

    Instruments Used:
    10 Inch RCOS fl 9.1
    Astro Physics AP-900 Mount
    SBIG STL 11000m
    FLI Filter Wheel
    Astrodon Lum, Red, Green, Blue Filters
    Baader Planetarium H-alpha 7nm Narrowband-Filter

    Software Used
    CCDStack (calibration, alignment, data rejection, stacking)
    Photoshop CS 6 (Image processing)

    Thanks for looking



    Terry Robison
    License: None (All rights reserved)

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    NGC 1360 – The Robins Egg Nebula, 


            Terry Robison