Meet NGC 281, also known as the Pacman Nebula. Can you spot the pacman? NGC 281 is a bright emission nebula and part of an H II region in the northern constellation of Cassiopeia which is rising in the NE during Fall months and high overhead in the Winter. Cassiopeia is part of the Milky Way’s Perseus Spiral Arm. NGC 281 contains several Bok globules which are very cool.
This is 23 hours of data taken over several nights in Sept/Oct. It is a false colour image, using the Hubble Palette which consists of H-alpha, Oxygen III and Sulphur II emission lines.
This was imaged from the backyard using the following equipment:
Esprit 100 Triplet refractor F5.5
Moravian 16200EC CCD camera
Optolong narrowband filters (Ha, O3 and S2)
Skywatcher EQ6 mount on a Skyshed Pier
Processed in Pixinsight
Imaged from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
My astro gear:
Skywatcher Esprit 100 F5.5 Triplet refractor telescope http://bit.ly/36w1F7Y
Moravian G3 16200EC CCD w/ 5 position FW http://bit.ly/2PL0qvK
William Optics Zenithstar APO refractor telescope http://bit.ly/2JRM1tR
QHY168C 16mp cooled cmos camera http://bit.ly/2NkkKTb
Optolong L-R-G-B 2″ filters http://bit.ly/32a9Gfu
Optolong L-eNhance filter http://bit.ly/32a9Gfu
Optolong L-pro filter http://bit.ly/32a9Gfu
Triad Quadband Ultra Filter http://bit.ly/2CbQXWh
Skywatcher EQ mount http://bit.ly/2C9lap1
Skywatcher Star Adventurer http://bit.ly/2C9Fwyi
Pegasus Astro Focus Cube http://bit.ly/2qonGow
Orion Starshoot Autoguider http://bit.ly/34z6pbh
My story began more than 40 years ago looking up at the Moon with a small collapsible telescope my Father had. Encouraged by my parents, who bought me my very own telescope, a 4.5″ reflector, I began to explore the night sky from my family home backyard. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico and Australia. Some of my images have won awards and have been featured online and in magazines.