The Ring Nebula (M57)

on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

M57 (NGC 6720) is probably one of the most recognizable Messier objects. It is a planetary nebula found in the constellation Lyra, referred to as the Ring Nebula, and lies about 2,300 light-years from Earth.
Typically I’ve been doing DSO’s using an Antares Focal Reducer, it helps give me a wider field of view and a lower f-stop. Several friends commented on my last image that I may get more details in the nebula by removing the focal reducer from the image train. I’m happy with the results – I’ve been imaging other planetary nebula without the focal reducer and getting much better details.
This image is composed of 60 x 15 second images at ISO 3200 with additional dark and bias frames. Tech Info: Meade LX90 12” telescope and Canon 6D camera. Imaging was done on October 10, 2016.

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