Jump to content


Cresent Nebula in Cygnus

Cresent Nebula in Cygnus

Here is my shot of the very faint Crescent Nebula. 250,000 years ago the outer shell of a massive Wolf-Rayet star began to shed its outer atmosphere, creating this beautiful orange nebula of expanding gas as the star is gives off the mass of our Sun every 10,000 years. Along the edge of the image you can see the much larger emission nebulosity that is over 4700 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. The central star (WR136) will probably explode into a spectacular supernova within the next million years. Taken July 4th, 2005 from my observatory New Mexico Meade LXD75 8" f/4 Schmidt Newtonian Hand guided with an Orion 910mm Guidescope 30 minute exposure on Kodak E200 slide film Olympus OM-1 and Stiletto Focuser.

    Awesome,as good as it gets!
    lots of stars! nice picture
    Jun 02 2008 02:18 AM
    Fantastic! I love the surrounding red nebula's as well!
    Fantastic imaging!!!
    that is beautiful!
    I know this one was a bugger to get! great image clownfish
    Could you use an assistant?
    I still need to get a visual on this one for the Caldwell list. Filter isn't bringing it out. Might have to go for it at Okie Tex.

    Cloudy Nights LLC
    Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics