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Vela SNR Center Region Crop 1, 


            Jeffrey K Lovelace

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-106

Imaging cameras: SBIG STX-16803

Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX+

Guiding cameras: SBIG STX-16803

Software: Photoshop CC  ·  Sequence Generator Pro V3.0  ·  Open PHD Guiding PHD2 Guiding  ·  The SkyX  ·  Starnet++ Starnet ++  ·  PixInsight Processing Software

Filters: Astrodon SHO 5nm  ·  Astrodon B 50mm square E Series  ·  Astrodon G 50mm square E Series  ·  Astrodon R 50mm square E Series  ·  Astrodon L 50mm square E Series

Accessory: SBIG FW7-STX

Dates:April 27, 2019

Astrodon B 50mm square E Series: 45x300" -25C bin 1x1
Astrodon G 50mm square E Series: 44x300" -25C bin 1x1
Astrodon Hα 50mm round 5nm: 50x900" -25C bin 1x1
Astrodon L 50mm square E Series: 3x300" -25C bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 5nm: 55x900" -25C bin 1x1
Astrodon R 50mm square E Series: 40x300" -25C bin 1x1
Astrodon SII 5nm: 46x900" -25C bin 1x1

Integration: 48.8 hours

Darks: ~25

Flats: ~26

Bias: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 22.65 days

Avg. Moon phase: 44.66% job: 3860247

RA center: 8h 31' 29"

DEC center: -43° 38' 32"

Pixel scale: 4.055 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 174.567 degrees

Field radius: 1.594 degrees

Resolution: 2400x1501

Locations: M and K Observatory, Yass, New South Whales, Australia

Data source: Own remote observatory


Data Acquisition from 2019-02-14 until 2019-04-29.
Original image scale: 3.5
RGB Stars, Synthetic Lum
R = Hα + SII
B = OIII + Hα (10%)
This is a crop from a much larger image of the famous Vela SNR. This is a region that I love to view full screen and ponder each wispy filament. What an astounding blast it must have been about 12,000 years ago when a massive star collapsed then exploded creating both the Vela Supernova Remnant nebula and the Vela Pulsar. In fact, the association of this SRN with the Pulsar served as evidence that neutron stars (including pulsars) result from supernovae.

But what if this isn’t an SNR at all? A 2016 paper provides evidence that the Vela SNR, along with many other SNRs including M1, the Crab Nebula, do not meet the criteria of supernova remnant. It’s reminiscent of declassifying Pluto as a planet, except in this case it is more like saying the Earth and Jupiter aren’t planets. It seems that no one has known what to do with this information, and all databases still refer to these objects as SNRs. It will be interesting to see how this plays out; but just as a rose is a rose, the Vela SNR remains just as amazing no mater how it is classified.



Jeffrey K Lovelace
License: None (All rights reserved)

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Vela SNR Center Region Crop 1, 


            Jeffrey K Lovelace