The cosmic question mark.

Paul C Swift
Location of photo
Home observatory, Valencia, Spain
Date/Time of photo
Imaging telescope: Vixen VSD 100 f/3 Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814 Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD 100 f/3 Filters: Chroma SII 3nm, Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm Frames: 172x1800" Integration: 86.0
The cosmic question mark panarama A turbulent ring of dust and gas frozen in time like some fossilized explosion, hovers motionless in Cepheus. A memory of a dying star spanning some 80 light-Years. Cederblad and the surrounding nebula clouds begin to emerge through the gloom of Valencia's urban skies. This is a three panel mosaic revealing the cosmic question mark. NGC 7822 can be found at the edge of a giant molecular cloud in Cepheus and lies approximately 3,000 light-years away from our home planet.
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Paul Swift

About Paul C Swift

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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