Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Taurus (Tau)  ·  Contains:  Crab nebula  ·  M 1  ·  M1  ·  NGC 1952  ·  Sh2-244
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Neutron Star CM Tauri in the Crab Nebula, 



    
        

            Nico Augustin
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Neutron Star CM Tauri in the Crab Nebula

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Neutron Star CM Tauri in the Crab Nebula, 



    
        

            Nico Augustin
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Neutron Star CM Tauri in the Crab Nebula

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron EdgeHD 800

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI294MC Pro

Mounts: iOptron CEM25P

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron EdgeHD 800

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI174MM Mini

Software: Adobe Photoshop 2020  ·  PixInsight 1.8  ·  Astro Pixel Processor

Filters: IDAS NGS1

Accessory: Celestron Off-Axis Guider  ·  Ikarus Technologies StellarMate OS  ·  Raspberry Pi 4


Dates:Feb. 12, 2021

Frames:IDAS NGS1: 33x300" (gain: 120.00) -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 2.8 hours

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~30

Flat darks: ~30

Avg. Moon age: 0.71 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.57%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Temperature: -7.00


Astrometry.net job: 4219203

RA center: 5h 34' 31"

DEC center: +22° 0' 45"

Pixel scale: 0.453 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -1.899 degrees

Field radius: 0.268 degrees


Resolution: 3541x2360

Locations: N von Selenter See bei Gut Salzow, Fargau-Pratjau, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Data source: Traveller

Description

I photographed a neutron star! The most extreme thing that’s not a black hole 🤩
Oh, and around it you see the Crab Nebula 🦀
The tiny star in the center of M1 (the lower one of the star pair in the center), is the so-called Crab-Pulsar (CM Tauri or PSR B0531+21), a neutron star that rotates 30 times per second and somehow survived the supernova of its precursor star that created the nebula around. It was 4x brighter than Venus and noticed around the world only 967 years ago!
It's a pretty cool image because there’s only a few neutron stars aka pulsars that are observable in visible light and if you think about it as a bright shining atomic nucleus of the size of a small city that's on the edge to a black hole... well in my opinion that's quite mind blowing 😀

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Neutron Star CM Tauri in the Crab Nebula, 



    
        

            Nico Augustin