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M27NebulaMessier 27 more commonly known as the Dumbbell or Apple Core Nebula is a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula. Relatively close at ~1400 light years, a magnitude of 7.5 and a diameter of nearly 8 arcminutes it is a very popular target. The color image below is a combination of NII, Ha and OIII emissions combined with RGB for the stars. Individual narrow band images are also included below. This is one of the brightest NII objects I have imaged. It is more typical to see SII in place of the Nitrogen but there are details that NII reveals that are lost with wider band Ha and not seen in SII. The composite image was taken using two different cameras, the narrow band was shot with an SBIG STL11002 while the RGB color was shot with an Apogee U16M. This was my first image with the Apogee. 19h 59m 36.30s+22° 43' 18.00"Vulpecula
Ghost NebulaNebulaFormed by the star light reflecting and passing through vast clouds of dust, Sharpless-2 136 is known as the Ghost Nebula. Some 1200 light years away, the bright area in the center is 2 light years across. The dark area to the left of the image is an area that is condensing and likely forming stars.21h 16m 30s+68° 15' 11"Cepheus
SH-2 171NebulaSharpless-2 171 is a star forming region in the constellation Cepheus. Also designated NGC 7822, the region is home to the young star cluster know as Berkeley 59. These images are created from the narrow band emissions of Sulfur 2, Hydrogen Alpha and Oxygen 3. They were mapped to the red, green and blue channels respectively (the Hubble Palette). The region is very strong in Ha emissions, in order to show more detail, the number of exposures was adjusted to capture more light from SII and OIII. The colors are false in the sense the Ha and SII are both red in color and OIII is more of a teal color. 00h 04m 40s+67° 09' 24"Cepheus
IC 1805NebulaIC 1805, also known as the Heart Nebula and Sharpless 2-190 is an area of gas and dust ~7500 light years from Earth. IC 1805 is in the neighboring Perseus arm of the Milky Way galaxy and can be found in the constellation Cassiopeia. At the center of the Heart Nebula is the young star cluster known as Melotte 15. The images shown here are formed from the narrow band emissions of SII, Ha and OIII mapped to Red, Green and Blue using the Hubble Palette. 02h 32m 41s+61° 27' 25"Cassiopeia
NGC 281NebulaNGC 281 is an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia roughly 9500 light yeas distant. Also know as the Pacman Nebula NGC 281's center is home to the multiple star HD 5005. HD 5005 consists of an 8th magnitude star and four other companion stars.00h 52m 59.300s+56° 37' 19"Cassiopeia