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Fetus Nebula (NGC7008)



NGC7008 is a planetary nebula located in Cygnus about 2800 light years distant and about 1 light year in size. The amateur astronomer Eric Honeycut named it the Fetus Nebula when he viewed it through his 22inch reflector. 

Planetary Nebula are one of the few astronomical objects that may appear green, so when processing this particular object you have to be careful when eliminating green from your image (eg SNCR green in PI)  otherwise it will significantly change the colour balance of the object.  

Since it is so small and there's not much of interest in the background, I decided to crop it quite aggressively, so that a few details of the nebula can be seen more easily.

So, here's an LRGB image consisting of 13 hours integration which was taken with my Esprit 150.

Alan

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