IC 1318 – Butterfly Nebula

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Sadr, the central star of the Northern Cross, is surrounded by extensive regions of emission nebulosity. One such region is IC 1318, also known as the Bufferfly Nebula. The dark lane separating the two “wings” is a dark nebula known as LDN 889. Sadr shines at magnitude 2.2, and is about 1550 light-years from Earth. The name is Arabic for “The Hen’s Chest”.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Meade Series 5000 80mm Apo
Imaging cameras: Canon 500D (Mod)
Mounts: Orion USA Atlas EQ-G Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion USA 80mm Short-tube
Guiding cameras: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Software: Alignmaster, PHD guiding, BinaryRivers BackyardEOS, photoshop, Cartes du Ciel, Luc Coiffier’s DeepSkyStacker Live
Filters: Astronomik CLS Canon EOS Clip
Accessories: Astro-Tech 2″ Field Flattener
Dates: April 27, 2014
Frames: 18×300″
Integration: 1.5 hours

Author: Wellerson Lopes

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 16 May 2014