Best of AOP - Planetary Nebulae

NGC 2392: The Eskimo Nebula

It is appropriate that this particular nebula is seen high in the sky during the (cold) early evening hours of winter (northern hemisphere). At a distance of around 3000 lightyears away this bubble of gas appears very bright in our telescope. With your eyes you can see the central star and surrounding nebulosity easily. More difficult to see is the "fur" of the hat that this gentleman wears.

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Last Updated: 19-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.

The AO unit was used to acquire this image.

Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to display the very dim and very bright details of

the image simultaneously.

Luminance = 14 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 10 minutes binned 1x1

Green = 10 minutes binned 1x1

Blue = 10 minutes binned 1x1

Minimum credit line: Sharon Kempton and Karen Brister/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF