Images taken prior to 2012
The Helix Nebula - the ultimate collection
> Fiery Eye of God full frame negative
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Fiery Eye of God full frame negative
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In negative the full extent of the ejected material is very obvious.
Copyright Michael Sidonio 2012
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Mike, that is spectacular! Fantastic processing to get the faintest nebulosity but still maintain dynamic range and detail in the well-known bright portions! (BTW, I wonder if the outermost gases were driven off the central star in its dying stages, before it actually went nova...)