Planetary Nebula in Hercules

Uploaded 6/9/01

This magnificently green gem of Hercules was taken during the full moon, and is so bright at prime focus that the CCD was almost completeley saturated in only 10 seconds of exposure. This 9.3 magnitude object is 16.2 arcseconds in size, and has a very bright surface brightness. Such objects photograph well during the bright skies during full moon. This is the first deep sky image taken with my new AP1200 mount.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian
CCD Camera:  SBIG ST7E
Exposure:  LRGB = 30s:20s:20s:20s 
Filters:  RGB Tricolor
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10
Outside Temperature:  70 F
CCD Temperature:  0 C
Processing:  Maxim DL, Photoshop, PW Pro.

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