Enchanted Skies


The Butterfly Nebula, aka the Gamma Cygni Nebula (Imaged at Okie-Tex SP)

Butterfly Nebula Map of region imaged.


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

Sadr, the central star of the Northern Cross, is surrounded by extensive regions of emission nebulosity. One such region is IC 1318, also known as the Bufferfly Nebula. The dark lane separating the two "wings" is a dark nebula known as LDN 889. The bright cluster of stars near the upper-left of the image is NGC 6910.

Sadr shines at magnitude 2.2, and is about 1550 light-years from Earth. The name is Arabic for "The Hen's Chest".

This object was imaged at the 2010 Okie-Tex Star Party (in the far western panhandle of Oklahoma).

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Celestron C11 (carbon fiber tube)

Canon T2i
Misc. Optics:
Hyperstar 3
44 x 1 minute @ iso 800
Orion ED 80 used as guidescope with ToUCam and GuideDog
Images aligned and stacked in Nebulosity. Curves/levels and sharpening with Photoshop CS3.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)