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Michael Terhune
Lunenburg MA, USA
11:30 pm

Equipment Details:

Celestron Edge HD 8'' telescope with the Orion Atlas II mount, using my Canon DSLR Camera with a T adapter. Dew Shield on Scope to protect from dew.

Post-processing Details:

Stacked 100, 1 min subs in DSS, and processed in Photoshop.

Image Details:

This planetary nebula is the Cat's Eye Nebula (also known as NGC 6543) and is located in the constellation of Draco about 5300 light-years away. It has a magnitude of about 8 and is very small in most telescopes fields of views but maintains a high brightness almost appearing like a star. Due to smoke in my skies it was hard to image making it dimmer.