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Sharpless 2-254 in Orion

RA = 06h 9m;, Dec = +18deg 3min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 11/01/13; Anza Borrego Desert, CA

Clear; average seeing;calm, rapidly dropping temps


Telescope: TEC 140 f/7 refractor (fl 980mm)

Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10 with 3 nm Astrodon filters;

Hutech Off-Axis Guider


Exposures: 75 min of Ha; 45 min of OIII, and 45 min of SII for a total of 2hrs 45 min

FOV = 52 x 35 arc minutes

This image includes multiple Sharpless objects including SH2-254 (larger) and two smaller objects: Sh2-257 and SH2-255. Much smaller are Sh2-256 and Sh2-258. Many very hot young O-type stars ignite the surrounding hydrogen to produce this complex nebula.

Located 8,000 light years away

Reduced to 60% of original

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