Stellar Shot of the Week: January 07, 2022
"NGC7635 the Bubble Nebula" - by Sam Johnson
We hope you all had a great end to 2021, and we wanted to start off 2022 with a bang (or rather a "pop" in this case) as we congratulate our first Stellar Shot recipient of the year: Sam Johnson! Sam has been taking some incredible shots over the past few months with his SVX080T, but this cropped-down version of the bubble nebula has been a favorite among our staff for a while. Not many people do this color pallet anymore and it really provides a great take on this not-uncommon target. The detail here is what really draws you in though, with an almost tangible texture to the gaseous shell of the nebula. And the fact that this is a crop is absolutely mind-boggling considering how well-resolved everything looks. We'll let Sam explain the technical information in his own words below, but congratulations again to him for such a fine image!
"NGC 7635 is an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. It was discovered in 1787 by William Herschel and is approximately 7,800 light years from earth. The central star (SAO 20575) is magnitude 8.7. This image is a result of 55 two-minute exposures using my new SVX80T-25FT and the SFFR .8 focal reducer/flattener. I minimally processed the image in PixInsight 1.8.9. It was taken on Saturday, September 4th, 2021 south-west from Charlotte, North Carolina. On that night there was a college football bowl game (the Duke’s Mayo Bowl) which was north-east of my location. Even with the severe light pollution the SVX80T still captured an impressive amount of detail"
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- Imaging telescope: Stellarvue SVX080T
- Software: PixInsight 1.8
- Accessories: SFFR.8-80T focal reducer/flattener