Skull Nebula: Some 1600 LY away this Planetary Nebula surrounds a dying star, which in this case is a binary system.The extent of the nebula is about 2.5 LY. The central star is becoming a hot white dwarf, the final life stage of a star about the mass of our sun, which will enter this phase in approx. 3.5 billion years.

Object Skull Nebula
Category Planetary Nebulae
Designation NGC 0246
Constellation Cetus
Optics Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch f/10 x 0.5 Optec NextGen Wide Field Adapter
Mount LX 200 and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 7 x 5min, IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for Capturing
Calibration No Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding TMB 80 as Guide Scope. PHD as Guiding Software.
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 13 Oct 2007
 
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