Observation by Peter Goodhew FRAS: Sh2-71

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Peter Goodhew FRAS


Peter Goodhew FRAS


2022 Jul 27 - 15:44


2022 Jul 27 - 15:48


Sharpless 71

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Field centre

RA: 20h47m
Dec: +13°39'
Position angle: +85°03'

Field size

2°47' × 2°04'

  • APM TMB LZOS 152 Refractors
  • QSI6120 CCD Cameras
  • 10Micron GM2000 HPS mount
  • iOptron CEM120 mount
  • Celestron C14 EdgeHD
  • ZWO ASI6400MM Pro

88 hours and 5 minutes total integration (HaOIIIRGB)


Fregenal de la Sierra, Spain

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About this image

Sh2-71 is a planetary nebula in the constellation Aquila. It was first found by Rudolph Minkowski in 1946, although he didn't recognise that it was a planetary nebula. It was only in 1959 when Stewart Sharpless independently discovered it that we realised that it might be a planetary nebula. It has an unusually complex morphology which is attributed to a triple star system at its core. It is around 3,260 light years from Earth - so this image shows its appearance around 1,300 years before the birth of Christ.
This was a joint project with my good friend Sven Eklund, with data captured on both my dual rig of 6" refractors and his C14 EdgeHD - all located at Fregenal de la Sierra in Southern Spain.
Data captured between 11-24 July 2022.
Scopes: APM TMB LZOS 152 Refractors and Celestron C14 Edge HD
Cameras: QSI6120wsg8 and ZWO ASI6200MM Pro
Mounts: 10Micron GM2000 HPS and iOptron CEM120
A total of 88 hours 5 minutes (HaOIIIRGB)
More information at https://www.imagingdeepspace.com/sh2-71.html

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