Meet planetary nebula M97, aka the Owl Nebula. 

This image took me three nights to collect the data due to clouds.

M97 is more than 2000 years away from Earth. The photons of the Owl Nebula are ancient but not the most distant object I’ve imaged.

To take this image I used a Vixen VC200L modified cassegrain telescope (on loan from, a QHY168C cooled cmos OSC camera and an Optolong L-eNhance dual narrowband filter.

Check out my video below for more on how I captured M97!


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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