Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Aquarius (Aqr)  ·  Contains:  Helix Nebula  ·  NGC 7293
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The Eye of God - The Helix Nebula, 



    
        

            Connor Matherne
The Eye of God - The Helix Nebula
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The Eye of God - The Helix Nebula

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The Eye of God - The Helix Nebula, 



    
        

            Connor Matherne
The Eye of God - The Helix Nebula
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The Eye of God - The Helix Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-150

Imaging cameras: FLI ML16200

Mounts: Astro-Physics AP 1600 with encoders

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-150

Guiding cameras: Lodestar Autoguider X2

Software: PixInsight

Filters: Blue  ·  Finger Lakes Instruments Luminance  ·  Green  ·  Red  ·  Finger Lakes Instruments Ha 8nm  ·  Finger Lakes Instruments Sii 8nm


Frames:
Blue: 57x900" (14h 15')
Finger Lakes Instruments Ha 8nm: 32x1800" (16h)
Finger Lakes Instruments Luminance: 56x900" (14h)
Finger Lakes Instruments Oiii 8nm: 38x1800" (19h)
Finger Lakes Instruments Sii 8nm: 33x1800" (16h 30')
Green: 49x900" (12h 15')
Red: 60x900" (15h)

Integration: 107h


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4996305

RA center: 22h29m35s

DEC center: -20°4958

Pixel scale: 1.129 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 167.461 degrees

Field radius: 0.904 degrees


Resolution: 4500x3600

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: DeepSkyWest

Description

My longest exposure time for a single image (non-mosaic) clocking in at over 100 hours. 

Took a long time to get the image just how I wanted. Whether it was the balance of how to blend the Helix with the surrounding stars, trying to find that perfect shade of blue for the center, how to bring out the outer halo, etc., this image was a tough one. 

And just like any good astrophotographer, I think this could still use more data

Thanks for looking!

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The Eye of God - The Helix Nebula, 



    
        

            Connor Matherne

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