Best of AOP - Diffuse Nebulae

NGC 604

Discovered by William Herschel when the United States was still in its infancy, this huge nebula is actually in the galaxy M33. It has a diameter of 1500 light years and contains approximately 200 stars. Many of these stars have a mass several times that of our sun. M33 is about 3 million light years away from Earth.

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Last Updated: 09-Jun-2014

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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.

Two iterations of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were applied to the luminance image.

Luminance = 60 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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