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M1 - Crab Nebula


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         Object M1 - Crab Nebula
         Comment The Crab Nebula (Messier 1) is a supernova remnant located in the constellation Taurus. It is believed that the remnant formed in 1054, recorded by Chinese and Arab astronomers. However it was first observed in the western world by John Bevis in 1731. The intricate knots of nebulosity twist and twirl due the violent winds of the stellar explosion. The Crab Nebula resides approximately 6,300 light years away.

The image is a [L+R]RGB composite. Data acquired on the Lightbuckets 24" RCOS.
         Optics RCOS 24" F/8 (4876 mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta U42 - 1x1 bin (image scale .57 arcsec/pix)
         Mount RCOS Professional Series Equatorial Fork
         Exposure Total exposure time: 3 hours (Ha:65min,R:40min,G:40min,B:40min)
         Date 07/09/2008


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