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Seagull Nebula: It is not yet clear if this is a galactic emission nebula or a super nova remnant. It has a huge extent and is believed to be 3400 LY away. Actually it is quite faint, therefore not so often observed and photographed.

In this wide-field image several prominent objects within the nebula can be recognized:The head of the seagull has the designation Sharpless 292, the end of the right wing Sharpless 297, above the right wing is van den Berg (vdB) 90 and 88, down right from center VdB 95. In addition quite a few Open Clusters are also contained in the image.



Object Seagull Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation IC 2177
Constellation Monoceros
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5 x 0.73 reducer
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3x20min Baader H-alpha filter, 12x10min L, 4x5min each Baader RGB 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, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L/Halpha,R/H-alpha,GB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 1 Feb 2011
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