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Contains:  NGC 1491
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This nebula needs a name!, 


            Frank Kane
This nebula needs a name!
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This nebula needs a name!

Technical card

Dates:Nov. 29, 2019

Frames: 81x600"

Integration: 13.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 2.95 days

Avg. Moon phase: 9.53%

Basic astrometry details job: 3087338

RA center: 4h 3' 26"

DEC center: +51° 15' 3"

Pixel scale: 1.114 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 88.881 degrees

Field radius: 0.427 degrees

Resolution: 2124x1760

Locations: My Driveway, Winter Springs, FL, United States

Data source: Backyard


This nebula in Perseus has no name, apart from its catalog numbers NGC 1491 and LBN 704. I felt bad for it, so I spent the last three nights imaging it.

My wife Kerri thinks it looks like an upside-down ant head. So, we're calling it the "ant-head nebula." Let's see if it catches on. What name would you give it?

I wish I could tell you more about it, but there's very little information out there. Look closely and you'll see a "bubble" in the middle, probably formed by the stellar wind of the hot star that's ionizing these gases.

The "final" image is my attempt to approximate natural colors from narrowband data. You'll also find SHO and HOS palette interpretations in the revisions.



Frank Kane
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This nebula needs a name!, 


            Frank Kane