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The area around SH2-71 (Planetary Nebula PK 36-1.1)

About this object

This wide-field image is of the region around SH2-71 which is a planetary nebula in the constellation Aquila. SH2-71 is also known as PK 36-1.1. It's the small red object just above left of center in the image and shines at magnitude 12. SH2-71 is a bipolar planetary nebula with a binary central star. This wide-field perspective shows other clouds of dark dust within this area along with another very small magnitude 16 red object called PK 35-0.1, which was thought to be a planetary nebula but is now thought to be a HII region. This small object is right of center and below the dark dust cloud. Click on the image to get a larger size with these objects labeled.

Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SV80ST2 Triplet Refractor with a SFF7-21 Field Flattener
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: QSI 583
  • Filters: Astrodon 31mm LRGB filters
  • Exposure: RGB: R (52x5min), G (21x5min), B (26x5min) bin 2x2
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 4.56, CCD Commander
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: May/Jun 11
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