The Skull Nebula NGC 246

Location of photo
Cochranville, Pennsylvania
Date/Time of photo
October 16, 2015 at 11:12PM EDT
Celestron 6-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a Canon XS modified DSLR ISO1600. The target was guided using an Orion Star Shoot Autoguider on an iOptron iEQ45 GEM. The stack of 27x120 second lights with bias and darks processed using ImagesPlus software.
A perfect way to celebrate Halloween by imaging this planetary nebula with a striking resemblance to a human skull. A faint nebulosity with low surface brightness and an 11.8 magnitude central star.
Nebula & Galaxy Pictures, Online Gallery


I have been an avid amateur astronomer residing in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. I own a 10-inch Meade LX50, Celestron 6-inch SCT, a Stellarvue 102ED refractor, and a 16-inch Meade Lightbridge. My part time occupation involves working in a planetarium at the North Museum of Natural History in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
All comments must follow the Sky & Telescope Terms of Use and will be moderated prior to posting. Please be civil in your comments. Sky & Telescope reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter’s username, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.