NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula (film) 

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NGC7293, Caldwell 63
Constellation: Aquarius
Type: Planetary Nebula
Position: RA22h29.5m 
Magnitude: 6.3
Exposure: Composite of two images using LRGB technique.
RGB: Taken 11-9-02.  30 minutes on Kodak Elite Chrome 200.
Luminance: Taken 11-5-02.  30 minutes on hypered Tech Pan.
Processing: Images were aligned in Registar, combined in Photoshop. 
Levels and color balance adjusted in Photoshop.
Equipment: Meade 10" LX-50 f/5.5
Notes: This was a very difficult subject to shoot.  Light pollution is a big
factor in the area of the sky in which this was shot.  Poor focus and
guiding problems plagued this subject.  I shot the Helix on at least 10
separate occasions to get useful images.

The Helix Nebula is the largest planetary nebula in our sky.
It is quite dim and best viewed with low power.

See the digital version of this object and the digital version after having the camera modified.

Locator Chart

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Chart copyright Steven Tuma and Dean Williams - Deepsky 2002

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