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Vela Super Nova Remnant: This is the central part of a very extended nebula in a distance of about 1300 LY in the southern constellation of Vela. It was created approx. 11000 years ago, when a giant star blew into pieces in a gigantic super nova explosion relatively near to our solar system. It is embedded in the Gum Nebula and resembles  another well known super nova remnant, the Veil Nebula.Like there the shock fronts of the explosion excite interstellar gas to emit radiation.

The image is made up of deep exposures with two narrow band filters for the hydrogen H-alpha and oxygen O[III] emission lines.

The image has been selected as "Astrofoto der Woche" (astrophoto of the week) by




Object Vela Super Nova Remnant
Category Super Nova Remnants
Designation Vela Super Nova Remnant
Constellation Vela
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 10x20min each Baader H-alpha, O[III] filter , 5x5min 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, Registar, Photoshop. Color Code R/Halpha,G/[OIII],B/[OIII]. RGB stars as overlay.
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 4 nights Dec 2011
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