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Gum Nebula and Vela SNR: This wide field image spans nearly 40x30 degrees in the sky and covers parts of the constellations Vela and Puppis. In the dense star field of the Milky Way hides the  huge Gum Nebula complex, a faint nebula structure which has probably originated from a tremendous super nova explosion approx. 1 million years ago. The image displays the complete extension of this complex(red structures).

Embedded in it are another  remnants of a super nova explosion, the so called Vela SNR (mainly the fine greenish filaments in the image). This explosion is believed to have occured much later like about 11000 years ago.
The significance of this image lies in the fact, that the two events are clearly seen to be seperated on their full scale.


Object Gum Nebula and Vela SNR
Category Super Nova Remnants
Designation Gum Nebula
Constellation Vela
Optics Canon EF 50mm lens f/1.8 @ f/4.5 for Ha,[OIII],f/6.3 for RGB
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 9x20min H-alpha, 7x20 [OIII], 3x5min each RGB Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar and Skywatcher ED 80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5,PixInsight,Photoshop. Color Code R/Halpha,G/[OIII],B/[OIII]. RGB stars as overlay.
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 13-16 Feb 2012
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