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31-JUL-2009 Press F11 for full screen mode

The Firey Eye of God - full frame

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Slight crop from Full FRAME IMAGE (30% full size)

The Helix Nebula NGC 7293 in the light of Ionised Hydrogen, Sulphur and Oxygen

FOV approx 1.5deg X 1.1 deg - The faint extent of the outer nebula covers an area of
sky several times the area of the full moon!

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

** 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
L SII Ha OIII: 1hr, 7hrs, 10hrs, 9hrs = Total 27hrs (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 = 1.4"/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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Guest 29-Apr-2011 20:40
Incredible image, to see such a well known object that has been imaged thousands of times before is such an amazing light is fantastic. Awesome
Mark Brooks