The Dark Shark and Friends
This nebula complex sits deep in the constellation Cepheus. An interesting area to photograph at longer focal lengths, it takes on a whole new look as we zoom out and see the collection of objects in relation to one another.
Some views of note:
- SNR 110.3+11.3
The long red hydrogen alpha filaments of this supernova remnant appear to intertwine through the background on the left side of the image.
- Barnard 175 / vdB 152
A long pillar of dark dust, a Bok Globule, terminates in a brilliant sapphire reflection nebula, known as Cederblad 201. Appears in front of SNR 110.3+11.3 on the left.
- LDN 1235
The Dark Shark Nebula stands vertically up out of the center bottom of this image. This pillar of dust has an uncanny resemblance to a shark's silhouette, complete with mouth, eye, dorsal and pectoral fins.
Extending up on the right side of the image, I've seen this one called many different things. I don't really see a recognizable form here, but it is simply a beautiful wispy collection of interstellar dust.
|Imaging Telescope||TPO Ultrawide 180 f/4.5|
|Imaging Camera||ZWO ASI2600MM Pro|
|Guiding Telescope||Orion 60mm Guidescope|
|Guiding Accessory||Orion side-by-side dovetail plate|
Astronomik L-3 UV-IR cut
|Focuser||Homebuilt ASCOM Belt Drive Stepper|
Sequence Generator Pro
Luminance - 498 min
Total Exposure Time:
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