NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula (digital) 

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NGC7293, Caldwell 63
Constellation: Aquarius
Type: Planetary Nebula
Position: RA22h29.5m 
Magnitude: 6.3
Exposure: Taken 7-14-04
11 X 300 sec. ISO 800.  70 degrees.
10 X 600 sec. ISO 400. 70 degrees.
Processing: Raw images converted to 16bit TIFs, dark subtracted and stacked (adaptive addition) in ImagesPlus.
Levels and curves adjusted in Photoshop.
Equipment: Meade 10" LX-50 f/5.5
Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
IDAS LPS filter
Losmandy G-11 Gemini mount
SBIG ST-4 autoguider
Celestron Guidescope
Notes: See the older film version of this image and the digital version after having the camera modified.

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

Locator Chart

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Chart copyright Steven Tuma and Dean Williams - Deepsky 2002

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