Potential Planetary Nebula FR 2-23
Published 19 Jan 22

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5nm Ha image

About this object

The above image is the first color amateur image that I know about of a very faint potential planetary nebula in the constellation Perseus called FR 2-23. FR 2-23 is about the size of the full moon and consists mainly of HII (Ha) emission with a bit of OIII emission just below the bright area of Ha. Faint Ha emission extends beyond this in a roughly circular pattern. Whether this is a real planetary nebula is unknown and will probably remain so until a spectrum is taken using professional telescopes. The object is at RA 03 14 41.52 Dec +48 07 36.7. There are quite a few faint PGC galaxies and some quasars in the image as can be seen on this annotated image. The image resolution is 1.28 arcsec/pixel. The object was discovered by Dr. David Frew.
Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SVX 152T refractor @f8 1200mm FL
  • Mount: Paramount MYT
  • Camera: ZWO ASI6200
  • Filters: Chroma 50mm LRGB
  • Exposure (min): RGBHaOIII 265:265:260:1100:880 46.16 hrs, 2x2 binning
  • Automation Control: The Sky X, Voyager, PrimaluceLab Eagle 4
  • Guiding: StarlightXpress Lodestar X2
  • Processing Software: PixInsight, PS CC, Topaz Labs
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Sky: Typical SQM 19.6-20.1, Bortle 5, Suburban
  • Date: 8-30 Nov 2021
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