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NGC 6888 The Crescent Nebula

Ha Filtered

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12.5" RCOS @  ~f/9 (2880 mm fl) 1.28 arcsec / pixel.  Zoomify image scale is 1.28 to 3.42 arcsec / pixel.


Paramount ME


SBIG STL-11000 w/ internal filter wheel, AstroDon Gen I Filters

Acquisition Data

6/19/2010 to 8/5/2010 Chino Valley, AZ... with CCDAutoPilot3 & CCDSoft,  AOL guided


Lum (no filter)  330 min (22 x 15 min, bin 1x1)

RGB                180 min ( 4 x 15 min each, bin 2x2)

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  • CCDSoft, CCDStack, Photoshop CS w/ the Fits Liberator plugin. Noel Carboni's actions and Russell Croman's GradientXTerminator.

  • eXcalibrator for (u-g), (g-r) color calibration, using 6 stars from the SDSS-7 database.

  • PixFix32 (pre-beta) to repair hot/cold pixels and column defects.

  • CCDStack to calibrate, register, normalize, data reject, combine the sub exposures, LRGB color, and luminance deconvolution.

  • PhotoShop for LLRGB combine &  on-linear stretching.


North is to top. 

NGC 6888, the Crescent Nebula, is located the constellation Cygnus at a distance of about 5,000 light-years. The nebula is created by the bright central star, HD 192163. About 400,000 years ago, the star ejected material, when it became a red giant. Then, about 150,000 years later, HD 192163 shed its outer envelope into a strong stellar wind, and became a Wolf-Rayet star (WR 136). The second explosion eventually over took the previous ejected gas. This collision formed and lit up the nebula we see today. Wr 136 is expected to end its life with a supernova explosion, sometime in the next million years.