Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Canis Major (CMa)  ·  Contains:  The star ο1CMa

Image of the day 01/15/2022

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    Flight of the Navigator, 



    
        

            Andy 01
    Flight of the Navigator
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    Flight of the Navigator

    Image of the day 01/15/2022

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      Flight of the Navigator, 



    
        

            Andy 01
      Flight of the Navigator
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      Flight of the Navigator

      Equipment

      Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
      Takahashi TOA-130 APO Refractor
      Imaging Cameras
      QSI 6162
      Mounts
      Takahashi NJP Temma-2
      Filters
      Chroma Blue · Chroma Green · Chroma Ha 2" 5nm · Chroma Red · Chroma OIII 3nm O3
      Accessories
      Stellarmate Raspberry Pi-4 · Kendrick Standard Dual Channel Controller · Takahashi TOA-35 0.7x Reducer
      Software
      Starkeeper.it Voyager Voyager · Adobe Photoshop 2020 · Noel Carboni's Astro Tools for PhotoShop Noel Carboni Actions · Nik Software, Inc. Nik Filters
      Guiding Cameras
      Starlight Xpress Lodestar

      Acquisition details

      Dates:
      Dec. 22, 2021
      Frames:
      Chroma Blue: 15x300" (1h 15')
      Chroma Green: 15x300" (1h 15')
      Chroma Ha 2" 5nm: 34x900" (8h 30') bin 1x1
      Chroma OIII 3nm O3: 50x900" (12h 30') bin 1x1
      Chroma Red: 15x300" (1h 15') bin 1x1
      Integration:
      24h 45'
      Avg. Moon age:
      17.75 days
      Avg. Moon phase:
      90.26%
      Bortle Dark-Sky Scale:
      3.00

      Basic astrometry details

      Astrometry.net job: 5388982

      RA center: 06h54m17s.5

      DEC center: -23°2320

      Pixel scale: 1.781 arcsec/pixel

      Orientation: 166.906 degrees

      Field radius: 1.310 degrees

      Resolution: 3256x4179

      Locations: My mate's property , Kilmore, Victoria, Australia; Burwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Data source: Traveller

      Description

      Reminiscent of the spacecraft from the 80's classic movie "Flight of the Navigator" the SH2-308 O3 rich Wolf-Rayet super bubble arrives majestically atr it's cosmic Hydrogen rich space dock.

      Most of the data captured using my gear with Voyager - by my good friend "Blue" (check out his latest images) at his rural darksite.
      Some O3 data also captured here under my LP Bortle 7 skies.

      This target is 4,500 LY distant and has become much more popular nowadays! 
      When I first imaged it in 2015 mine was on one of only 10 images published online - now there are hundreds more, which is totally cool  - it's a truly amazing target. I was keen to revisit it with my new gear and show a little more context including it's surrounds instead of just the bubble itself.
      The nebula was formed about 70,000 years ago by the star EZ Canis Majoris throwing off its outer hydrogen layers, revealing inner layers of heavier elements.Fast stellar winds, blowing at 1,700 km/s (3.8 million mph) from this star, create the bubble-shaped nebula as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of the star's evolution. The hydrogen composing the nebula is ionised by intense ultraviolet radiation.The nebula is approximately 60 light-years across at its widest point.

      Hope you enjoy this bicolour HA O3 RGB image.

      C&C welcome as always! 

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