Mark Shelton of Birmingham in the United Kingdom wrote:
The Crab Nebula is one of my favorite objects, and I was determined to try and capture it in all its glory. I call this image Burning Like Fire as the hydrogen-alpha layer looks like a match that is bursting into life. In this image, the hydrogen-alpha layer is integrated into the red, giving it its fiery sparkle.
This image was taken four miles from Birmingham Airport under heavy light polluted skies. To make it look like this, I had to master good processing to remove light pollution.
Thank you, Mark!
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