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Contains:  NGC 2175, NGC 2174
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Monkey Head Nebula, 


            Martin Palenik
Monkey Head Nebula

Monkey Head Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:William Optics WO 102 GT

Imaging camera:QHY163M

Mount:Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5

Guiding telescope or lens:William Optics WO 102 GT

Guiding camera:ZWO ASI 290 MM MINI

Filters:Astronomik HaOiiiSii

Accessory:QHYCCD OAG-M

Resolution: 4144x2955

Dates:March 7, 2019March 8, 2019March 12, 2019

Astronomik Ha: 51x240"
Oiii: 53x240"
Sii: 40x240"

Integration: 9.6 hours

Flats: ~30

Avg. Moon age: 2.62 days

Avg. Moon phase: 11.23% job: 2591134

RA center: 92.485 degrees

DEC center: 20.543 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.095 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 276.322 degrees

Field radius: 0.774 degrees

Locations: Backyard, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Data source: Backyard


A nice surprise was some clear sky during the new moon, it appears to be a race for photons during such times... unsure how long the stretch could go I thought to shoot another bright target while Orion is still around. Luckily a few more days were surprisingly available and I was able to get enough data to finish.

The ground was covered in snow, and it was very apparent in the sky how much the ground light was reflected back up causing higher light pollution than normal. As the snow melted over the next few days I could see how it affected the images.

There are quite a bit of neat details in the center area that are fairly bright that need some HDR processing to bring out.

Thanks for viewing!



Martin Palenik
License: None (All rights reserved)

Sky plot

Sky plot


Monkey Head Nebula, 


            Martin Palenik

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