Best of AOP - Planetary Nebulae

NGC 1535

NGC 1535 is very similar to the Eskimo Nebula in both structure and color. Through our telescope this bubble of gas appears to glow a pale neon aqua. Visually the central star can sometimes be difficult to see, but in the image its existence is quite certain. NGC 1535 is no less than 1500 light years away. Once you have seen NGC 6543, NGC 6826, and NGC 7662, be sure to swing by Eridanus for this little gem.

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Last Updated: 19-Jun-2014

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Equipment

20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

A deeper exposure might be able to detect subtle brightness variations (structure) in the outer shell.

Luminance = RGB (synthetic) binned 1x1

Red = 15 minutes binned 1x1

Green = 15 minutes binned 1x1

Blue = 10 minutes binned 1x1 (One blue frame was bad- otherwise the seeing was quite good.)

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