Simeis 147: Spaghetti Nebula

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Simeis 147, also known as the Spaghetti NebulaSNR G180.0-01.7 or Sharpless 2-240, is a supernova remnant (SNR) that may have occurred in the Milky Way, on the constellation borders of Auriga and Taurus. Discovered in 1952 at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory using a 25 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, it is a very difficult object to observe due to its extreme low brightness.

The nebulous area is fairly large with an almost spherical shell and filamentary structure. The remnant has an apparent diameter that covers approximately 3°, an estimated distance of approximately 3000 (±350) ly away and an age of approximately 40,000 y old.

It is believed that after its stellar explosion a rapidly spinning neutron star known as pulsar PSR J0538+2817 was left behind in the nebula core, emitting a strong radio signal.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Pentacon 4/200 MC
Mounts: Konus EQ3.2
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Konus Vista 80/400, 127 ED doublet f/9 (homemade), Konus Super 120/1000
Software: Corel Paint Shop Pro x2, aurigaimaging Registar 1.0
Filters: Lumicon H-alfa
Dates: Sept. 5, 2013
Locations: Albaneta – Pollino, Piano Visitone – Pollino
Frames: 30×2400″
Integration: 20.0 hours

Author: Giuseppe Donatiello
AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 07 July 2014