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This emission nebula contains the pillars of creation at it’s centre, made famous by Hubble in 1995. There are loads of fascinating star forming objects in this area, including the stellar spire

Just above the central pillar is the star cluster that illuminates the whole area, . It contains 460 stars, the biggest of which is 80 solar masses, with luminosity one million times that of the Sun

Imaging this is difficult from the south of the UK due it’s low position in the Summer, it’s virtually impossible to image in Scotland. At SSO in Australia it’s sitting nice and high above 45 degrees

Camera: FLI-PL6303E (-15°C)
Scope: Planewave 20″ (0.51m) CDK F4.5
Mount: Planewave Ascension 200HR
Guiding: None
Capture Software: ACP, Maxim DL
Processing Software: Deep Sky Stacker, PixInsight
Exposures: 5 x 5 mins (Hα), 10 x 5 mins (O3), 5 x 5 mins (S2). 1 Hour 40 mins total
Calibration: Automated




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