The Owl Nebula and M108 Orion 8" f/4 Astrograph

Uploaded 5/11/11

 One of the most spectacular unlikely pairings in the northern sky, the turquoise Owl Nebula - M97 floats in the bottom of this 2.5 degree field, and the edge on bright galaxy M108 at the top. In between the two is a 7.5 magnitude F2 Star. The Owl is in our Milky Way galaxy and is only a few light years in diameter, the remains of a dead star. it is surrounded in this field by dozens of very faint galaxies, some of which I have labeled in the bottom close up. The magnitude limit is approximately 18 for this image, since the faintest galaxies in Megastar are 17.5 and are faintly recorded here.

M108 is a moderately large object spanning 9 arc minutes and recording a nice set of complex internal dust lanes. It is an Sb spiral and is inclined only 6 degrees from our line of sight.

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Optics: 8" f/4 Newtonian Astrograph w/Baader MPCC Coma Corrector Platform: Home made GEM Camera: Hutech Modified Canon XTi @ ISO800 Exposure: 6 x 5m Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 6800 ft. Sky: Seeing 6/10, Transparency 6/10 Outside Temperature: 35F Processing Tools: Photoshop CS2, Images Plus 3.82 HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS