Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  NGC 1996  ·  The star 125Tau
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Spaghetti Nebula in Bortle 8 (Simeis 147), 


            Jared Holloway
Spaghetti Nebula in Bortle 8 (Simeis 147)
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Spaghetti Nebula in Bortle 8 (Simeis 147)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: TPO Ultra Wide Field

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS Ra

Mounts: Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ZWO 30mm f/4 Mini Guide Scope ZWO 30F4 ZWO 30F4

Guiding cameras: zwo asi 224 mc

Software: SharpCap Pro Sharcap Pro  ·  Photoshop CC 2019 Photoshop CC  ·  PHD2  ·  AstroPhotographyTool ATP

Filters: Optolong 2" L-eNhanced

Dates:March 4, 2021

Frames:Optolong 2" L-eNhanced: 32x300" ISO800

Integration: 2.7 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~50

Flat darks: ~50

Bias: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 20.45 days

Avg. Moon phase: 67.63%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 8.00

Temperature: -2.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4278009

RA center: 5h 40' 9"

DEC center: +27° 54' 46"

Pixel scale: 6.158 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 273.843 degrees

Field radius: 2.807 degrees

Resolution: 2431x2205

Locations: Home, Providence, RI, United States

Data source: Backyard


My first attempt at Simeis 147, aka the Spaghetti Nebula. This target is REALLY faint and from Bortle 8 skies it felt impossible to pull anything decent out of the data I had gathered. I do believe if I got a lot more data on target I could get it looking better, or of course if I could get to a darker site. Overall though, I am happy I took some time attempting the target!