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Sarahs Nebula
30-MAY-2009

Sarah's Nebula

FULL FRAME IMAGE (33% full size)

** About this image **

This piece of delicate faint molecular dust lies in the direction of the otherwise pretty baron
South Celestial Pole region. Made up of the same materials found in our own bodies, it hovers
above the plain of the Milky Way and shines feebly by reflecting the light from the collective
emissions of millions of distant stars in our galaxy. There are also some distant galaxies visible
shining through the dust from millions of light years behind it - our Universe is vast!

Having only a catalogue number, I have named this nebula after my beautiful niece and God Daughter
Sarah Waugh. Sarah passed away in March 2009 at the tender age of just 18 in a horse riding
accident at Dubbo in Australia, while training to be a Jillaroo.

"May you float free in the vastness of space for eternity Sarah, ever carefree and happy in the
knowlege that you and this star dust are now one, just as we all will be"

We miss you Sarah

See the larger 66% size image here:
http://www.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/image/113109180/original

See the dramatic negative version here:
http://upload.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/image/113113073/original

AP152 F7.5 Starfire APO refractor with 4" field flattener
FLI ProLine11002 CCD & CFW-2-7
LRGB = 6hrs 1hr 1hr 1hr (15min subs all bin 1X1) Astronomik filters
-35C chip temp, darks and flats (AstroHandy LightRing used for flats)
12MPPS download speed = 1.5sec/full frame download at bin 1X1.
FOV = 1.8deg X 1.2deg at 1.6"/pix
Guide Camera: Starlightxpress SXVH9

Comments:
Taken from Bob and Pats farm
Taken over two nights in below average to poor seeing

http://www.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/image/107700957/original

Some links to equipment used to take this image:

Finger Lakes Instrumentation (FLI) CCD cameras and equipment:
http://www.flicamera.com/

StarlightXpress CCD cameras and equipment
http://www.starlight-xpress.co.uk/

Astro-Elecronic FS2 scope GOTO controller:
http://www.astro-electronic.de/

Gerd Neumann/Astronomik filters:
http://www.gerd.neumann.net/

http://www.astronomik.com/

MSB Software & Astroart 4
http://www.msb-astroart.com/

STAR Atlas:PRO planetarium software
http://www.skylab.com.au/

AstroHandy Accessories
http://www.pbase.com/strongmanmike2002/astrohandy_lightring

http://www.astrohandy.com


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Juliana Waugh 29-May-2009 23:50
Michael that is beautiful just as she was, thank you. Live high, live righteously was one of Sarah's favourite songs by Jason Mraz and she is , in our universe. Juliana XX