Gamma Cyg nebula project. Part 3 The Crescent

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Date/Time of photo
Taken on August 4, 2015
Imaging telescopes or lenses: Vixen VSD100 f/3.8 Astrograph Imaging cameras: Starlight Express SXVR-H18 Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro Guiding telescopes or lenses: Vixen VSD Guiding cameras: sx loadstar Software: PixInsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5 Filters: Baader O III 8.5nm, Baader Ha 8.5nm Accessories: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel, Starlight Xpress Lodestar Guider Dates: July 9, 2015, July 12, 2015, July 23, 2015 Frames: Baader Ha 8.5nm: 13x1800" bin 1x1 Baader O III 8.5nm: 18x1800" bin 1x1 Baader SII 8.5nm: 14x1800" bin 1x1 and second panel: Baader Ha 8.5nm: 8x1800" bin 1x1 Baader O III 8.5nm: 8x1800" bin 1x1 Baader SII 8.5nm:8x1800" bin 1x1 Avg. Moon age: 24.76 days Avg. Moon phase: 25.31% Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain
This is a combination - mosaic of wide field Narroband data, with added close-up data of the Crescent nebula area acquired with my RC8 . This is the third part of my Gamma Cyg nebula project. The Crescent Nebula (also known as NGC 6888, Caldwell 27, Sharpless 105) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, about 5000 light-years away. It was discovered by Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel in 1792.[2] It is formed by the fast stellar wind from the Wolf-Rayet star WR 136 (HD 192163) colliding with and energizing the slower moving wind ejected by the star when it became a red giant around 250,000[3] to 400,000[citation needed] years ago. The result of the collision is a shell and two shock waves, one moving outward and one moving inward. The inward moving shock wave heats the stellar wind to X-ray-emitting temperatures. It is a rather faint object located about 2 degrees SW of Sadr. For most telescopes it requires a UHC or OIII filter to see. Under favorable circumstances a telescope as small as 8cm (with filter) can see its nebulosity. Larger telescopes (20cm or more) reveal the crescent or a Euro sign shape which makes some to call it the "Euro sign nebula".
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Paul Swift

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Having had a background in the arts and worked professionally as a cinematographer and lighting cameraman, astrophotography made for a natural change in focus. I had always wanted to turn my camera to the skies. A move away from London to Valencia, Spain presented me with the perfect opportunity to do just that. The art work you see on this site was produced using basic equipment from a modest home observatory.
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