Tuesday, April 24, 2012

M87 and M108

The Owl Nebula (M97) is a Planetary Nebula in the constellation Ursa Major (Big Dipper). It is about 2000 light years from Earth. The ominous glow and shape of M97 represents the face of an Owl do to a dying star that emits gaseous emissions.

M108 is a spiral galaxy that is about 45 million light years away. Together, M97 and M108 make an amazing pair for a photograph.

Imaged in Fort Davis, TX on April 20, 2012.
5-min exposure, darks, flats
Capured and processed with Nebulosity 3 and finalized in Photoshop
11" Edge HD w/ Hyperstar at F/2.2 using QHY8 CCD and CGE Pro Mount, Autoguided with Orion Autoguider

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