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SH2-71 , SH2-72, and NGC 6749

About this object

This image is of a region within the Milky Way in the Constellation Aquila where one can find a dim Hydrogen Alpha nebula called Sh2-72. In the image, Sh2-72 is the large reddish cloud just right of center. This area of the Milky Way is very dusty and also includes several other objects. A globular cluster called NGC 6749, the orange star cluster in the lower right part of the image, has its color reddened by the dust it has to shine through. Near the upper right is a planetary nebula PK 36-1.1 which is the remnants of a star which ended its life by shedding its gas. This gas glows red in this image. This image is a combination of 12 1/2 hrs of exposure time through Luminance, Hydrogen Alpha and RGB filters.

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 filter set
  • Exposure: Lum 390min, Ha 240min, RGB 120min each channel bin 2x2
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 4.56, CCD Commander
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: Jul/Aug 11
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