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 KWtelescope.com), 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 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.
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