Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Ursa Major (UMa)  ·  Contains:  M 97  ·  NGC 3587  ·  Owl Nebula
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M97, The Owl Nebula

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M97, The Owl Nebula, 



    
        

            Steven Bellavia
M97, The Owl Nebula
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M97, The Owl Nebula

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: TS-Optics PHOTOLINE 115 mm F7 triplet apo

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI533MC Pro

Mounts: Sky-Watcher EQ-6R Pro SynScan

Guiding telescopes or lenses: The Bellavia Basic-II 50mm f/7.5 guidescope

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI 290MC

Software: Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight  ·  IDEIKI AstroPhotography Tool (APT)  ·  Stark Labs Nebulosity 4.2  ·  Annie's Astro Actions V7  ·  Noel Carboni's Astro Tools for PhotoShop Noel Carboni Actions  ·  SharpCap Pro 3.2

Filters: ZWO Duo-Band Filter


Dates:March 10, 2021

Frames:ZWO Duo-Band Filter: 36x300" (3h) (gain: 100.00) -5C bin 1x1

Integration: 3h

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~30

Flat darks: ~30

Avg. Moon age: 26.70 days

Avg. Moon phase: 8.81%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Mean SQM: 20.00

Mean FWHM: 2.00

Temperature: 3.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4302520

RA center: 11h 14' 48"

DEC center: +55° 1' 33"

Pixel scale: 0.972 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 163.265 degrees

Field radius: 0.304 degrees


Resolution: 1800x1350

Data source: Backyard

Description

M97 is a planetary nebula located approximately 2,030 light years away in the constellation Ursa Major It was discovered by French astronomer Pierre Méchain on February 16, 1781.   When William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, observed the nebula in 1848, his hand-drawn illustration resembled an owl's head. It has been known as the Owl Nebula ever since.
The very faint on-edge galaxy to the lower left is  2MFGC 8778, but I have no other information about that galaxy.  There are actually several other faint galaxies nearby too.

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M97, The Owl Nebula, 



    
        

            Steven Bellavia