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M97 - The Owl Nebula

The Owl Nebula (also known as Messier Object 97 or NGC 3587) is a planetary nebula in the constellation Ursa Major. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781.

M97 is regarded as one of the more complex of the planetaries. The 16th magnitude central star has about 0.7 solar mass and the nebula itself about 0.15 solar mass. The nebula formed roughly 6,000 years ago.

The nebula gets its name from the appearance of owl-like "eyes" when viewed through a large (>200 mm) telescope under dark sky conditions with the aid of a so-called "nebula filter." The eyes are also easily visible in photographs of the nebula.

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  My first try at M97. Damn light pollution (coupled with my Photoshop skills)!!

Taken on 3/10/2012
36 120-second exposures at ISO 800
Orion ED80
Hap Griffin modified Canon RebelXT 350D
No filters

Lights and Darks applied
     
     
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