NGC 281 pacman nebula SHO

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

Moravian G3 16200EC CCD w/ 5 position FW

William Optics Zenithstar APO refractor telescope

QHY168C 16mp cooled cmos camera

Optolong L-R-G-B 2″ filters

Optolong L-eNhance filter

Optolong L-pro filter

Triad Quadband Ultra Filter

Skywatcher EQ mount

Skywatcher Star Adventurer

Pegasus Astro Focus Cube


Orion Starshoot Autoguider

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