The Helix Nebula is a planetary nebula about 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. It is one of the closest planetary nebulae to Earth. It has a very similar appearance to the Ring Nebula. It is also similar in size, age, and physical characteristics to the Dumbbell Nebula, with the significant difference in appearance being a consequence of the relative proximity and more nearly equatorial viewing angle of the Dumbbell. The Helix has often been referred to as the Eye of God.
Equipment: Exposure details: Location:
Telescope: TEC180FL
Mount: Astro Physics Mach1GTO
Camera: SBIG ST-10XME
Filters: Astrodon LRGB
Luminance: 24x5min
Red: 7x10min
Green: 7x10min
Blue: 7x10min
Parnonas, Peloponnisos, Greece
N 37o09'21'' - E 22o35'13''
25 July 2008
Image details:
Acquisition: MaxImDL Reduction/stacking: MaxImDL RGB weights: G2V Star
RGB combine: MaxImDL LRGB creation: Photoshop CS3
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