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NGC 40: The Bow-Tie Nebula

This planetary nebula, sometimes referred to as the Bow-Tie Nebula, lies about 3500 lightyears distant in the constellation Cepheus. A white dwarf, the core of the parent star, lies in the center of the nebula.

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Last Updated: 19-Jun-2014

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Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/10

SBIG ST10ME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

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

The raw FWHM averaged 1.4 arcseconds.

Luminance = 45 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 10 minutes binned 1x1

Green = 10 minutes binned 1x1

Blue = 20 minutes binned 1x1

Minimum credit line: Steve and Paul Mandel/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF