Pacman Nebula: Very close to the bright star Schedar in the constellation of Cassiopeia one finds a very faint nebula complex around an open cluster of young stars, NGC 281 or sometimes also called Pacman. If imaged with long exposures and narrow-band filters, thus using only very specific emission lines, the object displays a highly dramatic nebular landscape of great beauty. One discovers numerous "Pillars of Creation" where new stars are continously born, some of them still buried in their dusty shrouds

Object Pacman Nebula
Category Emission Line Images
Designation NGC 281
Constellation Cassiopeia
Optics Vixen R200SS 8 Zoll, f/4 with Baader Coma Corrector
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 12 x 10min Astronomik H-alpha filter, 9 x 10min [OIII] filter, 5 x 10min [SII] filter, Maxim DL for image acqisition
Calibration Flat field
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope. Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop. Maxim DL for Color Combine. Color Coding R([SII]), G(H-alpha), B([OIII])
Location-Date Eningen,Germany - 22+26+27 Aug 2008
 
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