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Cometary Globules in the Helix Nebula

Cometary Globules in the Helix Nebula

Close up of the cometary globules formed from the strong radiation emitted by the
White Dwarf star (top right) at the centre of the Helix Nebula.

Read more about the "Eye of God" or Helix Nebula and see an image taken by Hubble here:

Cropped from this wider field view:

** Using new low reflection Astronomik 12nm Ha SII OIII filter set

AP152 F7.5 Starfire APO refractor with 4" field flattener
FLI ProLine11002 CCD & CFW-2-7
SII Ha OIII: 7hrs, 10hrs, 9hrs = Total 26hrs (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.
Image scale = 1.6"/pix
Guide Camera: Starlightxpress SXVH9

Taken over 7 nights from Bob and Pats farm
Average seeing

Some links to equipment used to take this image:

Finger Lakes Instrumentation (FLI) CCD cameras and equipment:

StarlightXpress CCD cameras and equipment

Astro-Elecronic FS2 scope GOTO controller:

Gerd Neumann/Astronomik filters:

MSB Software & Astroart 4

STAR Atlas:PRO planetarium software

AstroHandy Accessories

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