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Date: 31/12/2010   +   08/01/2011


Name: Seagull  Nebula - IC 2177

This cosmic cloud is one of many sites of star formation within the Milky Way galaxy. It is located 3,800 light-years away from Earth, inside the Orion spur, the same partial spiral arm of the Milky Way where our solar system is located. The nebula is nearly 240 light-years across.

This image was captured in conditions of bad sky glow caused by high clouds and bush fire haze.  Extracting the detail under these conditions is not without it's costs.  I will need to add more data to this image when conditions are better.



Location: Greenwood WA (Backyard) Stacking Mode:  Mosaic
Camera: Canon 20D - LP Filter Removed Alignment Method:  Automatic
Optics: Skywatcher ED80. Stacking Mode:  Mosaic
Exposure: (800ASA @ 5 Minutes) x 63 RGB BKG Cal:  Yes
Total Exposure:   5 hr  16 mins Per Channel Cal:  Yes
Guiding: DSI on Mead LX200R. Method:  Median Kappa-Sigma K=2/I=5
Filter: Astronomik CLS-CCD Darks:  Yes
Focus: Bahtinov Mask Flat:  No
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Position in Sky

PhotoShop CS5

RA (J2000):  7h 5m Levels, Colour Balance, Curves, Saturation Scaling, jpeg Conversion.
DEC (J2000): -11* 14''
Constellation:  Monoceros- Canis Major
Distance: 3,800 Light Years