Sharpless 2-82
Re-Published 21 October 2021

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Full image field here: Un-cropped full resolution

About this object

Sharpless 2-82, also known as the "Little Cocoon Nebula" is a red emission nebula surrounded by a faint blue reflection nebula. It's located within the rich Milky Way in the Constellation Sagitta. Sh2-82 is approximately 3,600 light years distant. The star causing it to glow is the HD321616 which is near center. The above image is a small crop of the full field of view. Click here or the link above to see the full res image. There are also a few LDN objects in the image and some un-cataloged reflection nebula in the upper left part of the image. Thick molecular dust is also prevalent throughout the image. An annotated image can be found here showing the different objects within the field of view.
This image is a combination of data which was collected in 2020 and 2021 for a total of nearly 21hrs of exposure time.
Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SVX 152 refractor @f8 1200mm FL
  • Mount: Paramount MYT
  • Camera: ZWO ASI6200
  • Filters: Chroma 50mm RGB, Astrodon 5nm Ha
  • Exposure (min): RGBHa 200:210:265:580 20.9 hrs, 2x2 binning
  • Camera/Mount Control: The Sky X, Voyager
  • Guiding: StarlightXpress Lodestar X2
  • Processing: PixInsight 1.8, PS CC 21
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Sky: Typical SQM 19.6-20.1, Bortle 5, Suburban
  • Date: 7-11 Sep 2020 and 28 Aug - 27 Sep 2021
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