The Details
Object
M 97 The Owl Nebual in Ursa Major
Optics
12.5" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien at f/6.9
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG ST-10XME
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB filter set
Date
16 June 2004
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory, Mount Wilson CA
Exposure
L 7 x 600 sec 1x1 bin; RGB 3 ea x 300 sec 2x2 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, CCDSharp, Photoshop
Orientation
Field of view: 20' 58" x 15' 00" centered on RA 16h41m51s
DEC 36°27'18". North angle 83.2°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
A planetary nebula about 6000 years old formed by the 16th magnitude central star shown here between the "eyes" of the Owl. Numerous distant galaxies can be seen in the above image, including an obvious edge-on spiral to the left of M97 and a near face-on spiral to the right at a 4 o'clock position.

 

 

 

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