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IC1318: Butterfly Nebula

IC1318: Butterfly Nebula in Cygnus

Imaged on 5/11/10
Scope:Takahashi FSQ 106
Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10 with Astrodon e-series 6nm Ha filter

Exposures: 90 min in Ha; 30 min each RGB (10 min subs)
Site: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Conditions: Calm, 43 degrees, average seeing

This image shows only a portiion of a large HII emission clouds in the Cygnus complex spaning over 100 light years. This region is also known as the Gamma Cygni Nebula due to its proximity to the star gamma Cygni or Sadr. This region is located approximately 5000 ly away from us.

Click here for an Ha image.