Pictures of the Tulip Nebula

Facts about and pictures of Sh2-101, the Tulip Nebula.

Sh2-101 Tulip Nebula HST by Chris Heapy, Macclesfield, UK. Equipment: Televue NP127is refractor, Atik490EX, Losmandy G11, TV Pronto, Lodestar, Astrodon 3nM Ha, SII and OIII

The Tulip Nebula is an emission nebula located in the Cygnus constellation, about 6,000 lightyears away.

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Known formerly as Sh2-101, the whole region is 70 lightyears wide and glows as a result of powerful young stars ionising cosmic gas and causing it to emit light.

It can be found about 2 degrees southwest of the Crescent Nebula, NGC 6888, and when it is captured in astrophotos, its distinct tulip shape becomes apparent.

From Earth, the Tulip Nebula is in the same patch of sky as Cygnus X-1, a binary system that contains the first black hole ever discovered, in 1964.

Below is a selection of images of the Tulip Nebula captured by astrophotographers and BBC Sky at Night Magazine readers.

For advice on photographing a nebula, read our guide to deep-sky astrophotography or our tutorial on deep-sky image processing.

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The Tulip Nebula, Sh2-101 Chris Platkiw, Derbyshire, July 2020. Equipment: ZWO ASI 183MM Pro mono camera, Altair 72ED refractor, Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount
The Tulip Nebula, Sh2-101, by Chris Platkiw, Derbyshire, July 2020. Equipment: ZWO ASI 183MM Pro mono camera, Altair 72ED refractor, Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount
SH 2-101 Tulip Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Celestron C11 Sct, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik filters.
SH 2-101 Tulip Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Celestron C11 Sct, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik filters.
Sh2-101 Tulip Nebula HST by Chris Heapy, Macclesfield, UK. Equipment: Televue NP127is refractor, Atik490EX, Losmandy G11, TV Pronto, Lodestar, Astrodon 3nM Ha, SII and OIII
Sh2-101 Tulip Nebula HST by Chris Heapy, Macclesfield, UK. Equipment: Televue NP127is refractor, Atik490EX, Losmandy G11, TV Pronto, Lodestar, Astrodon 3nM Ha, SII and OIII
Sh2-101 by Patryk Tomalik, Gloucester, UK. Equipment: Stellervue 80SV, TVx0.8, ST8300, AZ EQ6GT, HaRGB-8h
Sh2-101 by Patryk Tomalik, Gloucester, UK. Equipment: Stellervue 80SV, TVx0.8, ST8300, AZ EQ6GT, HaRGB-8h
Tulip Nebula by Paul Swift, Valencia, Spain. Equipment: Vixen VSD100 f/3.8 Astrograph, Starlight Express SXVR-H18, Vixen VSD, sx loadstar.
Tulip Nebula by Paul Swift, Valencia, Spain. Equipment: Vixen VSD100 f/3.8 Astrograph, Starlight Express SXVR-H18, Vixen VSD, sx loadstar.
Sh2-101 Tulip Nebula by Richard Cardoe, Longstanton, UK. Equipment: SW Evostar ED80 DS-PRO, SW 0.85 reducer, HEQ5 PRO Synscan, Rowan Belt Drive mod, Atik 383l+ Mono CCD, Baader 36mm 7nm Ha, 8.5nm OIII and 8nm SII filters, ZWO ASI120MM, Orion 162mm/F3.2 guidescope, PHD2
Sh2-101 Tulip Nebula by Richard Cardoe, Longstanton, UK. Equipment: SW Evostar ED80 DS-PRO, SW 0.85 reducer, HEQ5 PRO Synscan, Rowan Belt Drive mod, Atik 383l+ Mono CCD, Baader 36mm 7nm Ha, 8.5nm OIII and 8nm SII filters, ZWO ASI120MM, Orion 162mm/F3.2 guidescope, PHD2