NGC 7293

Cocoon Nebula

The Helix Nebula, as this nebula is often called, is located in the Constellation Aquarius. Several years ago it was given the nickname 'The Eye of God' from pictures floating around the internet. The remanents of a dying star, this particular planetary nebula was discovered in 1824. This image is in Hydrogen Alpha light.


Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: NGC 7293
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Aquarius
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 1400 Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Emission Nebula
Exposure: 240 minutes, 12 x 10 minute subs Ha Position: R.A. 21 hr 53 min , Dec +470 18'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: 21 August 2007
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village