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SH2-114 A Cosmic Dragon from Grand Mesa Observatory



This image captured at Grand Mesa Observatory over many nights in the fall of 2023 highlights a very faint area of H II region (region of interstellar atomic hydrogen that is ionized) in the constellation Cygnus. This object is commonly referred to as the Dragon Nebula or SH2-114 in the Sharpless Catalog of objects. For sure there is a resemblance of a dragon in the central part where one seems to be in flight, there is also what looks like a serpentine dragon just below the one in flight. There are a lot of interesting contours and features in this area, try zooming in to see the more delicate structures. This represents 20 hours and 50 minutes of Hydrogen Alpha data and 9 hours of RGB data.

 

 

This object was captured using system 1 at Grand Mesa Observatory which is available for subscriptions for data sets as well as archived data sets for purchase. More info about this can be found here: https://grandmesaobservatory.com/equipment-rentals

Grand Mesa Observatory also has 3 available piers for rental, if you are interested check out more info here: https://grandmesaobservatory.com/telescope-hosting

 

Technical info:

Image captured and processed by Kim Quick and Tom Masterson

Location: Grand Mesa Observatory, Whitewater, CO. www.grandmesaobservatory.com 

RGB: 9hrs

Ha: 20hrs 50min

Camera: QHY600m

Filters: Chroma RGB Ha

Optics: Takahashi FSQ 130 APO Refractor @ F5

EQ Mount: Paramount ME

Image Acquisition Software: N.I.N.A.

Image processing in PixInsight and Photoshop CC


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miketmasterson
Mar 19

Just awesome!

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