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The Details
Object
NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula in Cygnus
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF refractor at f/7.5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG ST-10XME
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen Alpha filter
Date
01 July 2007
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 8 x 1200 sec, 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS2
Orientation
Field of View: 43'26" x 28'32" centered on RA 20h12m09s
DEC +38°18'39" (2000.0) . North angle 338.0°; east 90° CCW from north.
Notes

This is an extremely interesting object formed by a super hot, short lived, massive Wolf-Rayet star. At a point in the past this rare type star swelled to a red giant stage and ejected it outer layers into space. As the star then contracted because of the crushing force of gravity, intense radiation from the exposed, hot inner layers began stripping gas away from the star at speeds in excess of 3.5 million miles per hour. When these high speed stellar winds caught up to and collided with the red giant ejecta, the shell of the Crescent Nebula was born in the resulting shock wave. The Wolf-Rayet star responsible for this creating this beautiful object is the bright star near the center of the nebula and is designated as HD 192163. It is theorized that HD 192163 will likely explode as a supernova sometime in the future. Lying approximately 4700 light years from earth, the Crescent Nebula is about 16 light years wide and 25 light years long.

Contrast this image taken with the Astro-Physics 160 EDF refractor with the one taken with my 12.5" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien.

 

 

 

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