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Sharpless Diffuse Nebula’s Sh2-87 and Sh2-88

About this object

Located in the constellation Vulpecula, two diffuse emission nebula, Sh2 88 (upper center large red area) and Sh2-87 (brighter red area near center bottom) contain star forming regions. These two nebula range from 6,800 to 7,500 light years distant. Near Sh2-88 and just to the left are two bright red knots called Sh2-88A (right) and Sh2-88B(left). Sh2-88B is thought to be an active star forming nebula complex. Within Sh2-87, are two other small objects that also are star forming nebula. Sh2-87 E and Sh2-87 W. These small features can be seen on this annotated image and a better view on this full resolution image.

This image combines 13hrs of Ha exposures and 15hrs of Red, Green and Blue exposures combined to make a color image.
Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SVS 130 f5 refractor
  • Mount: Paramount MYT
  • Camera: QSI 583
  • Filters: Astrodon 36mm RGB+5nm Ha
  • Exposure: HaRGB: 780:300:300:300 total exposure time 28hrs
  • Camera/Mount Control: The Sky X, CCD Auto Pilot 5
  • Focusing: @focus 2
  • Guiding: SX Lodestar
  • Processing: PixInsight 1.8,
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: July 2017
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