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"The Crab Nebula (Messier 1)" - by Jeff Reitzel (March 11, 2022)

"The Crab Nebula (Messier 1)" - by Jeff Reitzel (March 11, 2022)

Posted by Stellarvue StellarShot on 11th Mar 2022

Stellar Shot of the Week: March 11, 2022
"The Crab Nebula (Messier 1)" - by Jeff Reitzel

Congratulations to this week's StellarShot of the week, which goes to Jeff Reitzel and his first-light image through a brand new SVX127D. Using an OPT Triad Ultra filter Jeff collected almost 12hr of data at the native focal length of 1016mm, along with our SFFX-1 field flattener and his Atik 460ex color. This target is fun for scopes of just about every size, but with a long focal length scope like the SVX127D you can really start to bring out the fine details and filaments inside the nebula. The multi-band Triad filter creates an especially interesting color palette, and we were all quite impressed with Jeff's ability to balance color, contrast, and noise.

Great work by Jeff! And for anyone else shooting with a Stellarvue, if you would like a chance to be featured then please submit your shots by email (using or by tagging them with #stellarvue and #stellarshot.

"The Crab Nebula (M1, NGC 1952, Taurus A) is a supernova remnant and pulsar wind nebula in the constellation of Taurus. At an apparent magnitude of 8.4 it is comparable to Saturn's moon Titan, and although it is not visible to the naked eye it can be made out using binoculars under favorable conditions. The nebula lies in the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way galaxy, at a distance of about 6,500 lightyears from Earth. It has a diameter of approximately 11 ly and is expanding at a rate of about 1,500km per second (930 mi/s), or 0.5% of the speed of light. The Crab Nebula was also the first astronomical object recognized as being connected to an observed/recorded supernova explosion, which itself was documented by medieval astronomers in AD 1054." (#Wikipedia)

Image Details:

  • Imaging telescope: Stellarvue SVX127D
  • Imaging camera: Atik 460ex C
  • Mount: Celestron CGEM DX
  • Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 60mm guidescope
  • Guiding cameras: QHY 462C
  • Software: Voyager, The SkyX, PHD2, Pixinsight, Photoshop
  • Filters: Radian Triad Ultra 2"
  • Reducers: Stellarvue SFFX-1 Field Flattener
  • Integration: 12hrs total (10x1200s and 52x600s subs)