M97 – Owl Nebula | Hunter Wilson

Hunter Wilson
Location of photo
Lexington, Ohio
Date/Time of photo
March 6, 2010
SBIG ST-4000XCM, Celestron 9.25 Reduced 0.63, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount
M97 (NGC3587) - The "Owl Nebula" in Ursa Major. 16x15min, Imager Temp -20C, 40% Crop. Known as the "Owl Nebula" for it's "eyes" that are seen on visual observation and in images, it is one of the more complex planetary nebulae. The mass of the nebula has been estimated to amount 0.15 solar masses, while the 16 mag central star is believed to be of about 0.7 solar masses. The nebula's age is about 6,000 years and it's distance is uncertain and listed anywhere from 1300 to 12,000 light years.
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