NGC1977 Running Man Nebula


Mark Griffith

Swindon, Wiltshire. UK

Celestron C11 Sct, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount,Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik filters. F6.3 focal reducer.

Running man shape formed from intersecting dark lanes of dust. Surrounding blue reflection caused by light reflecting off dust from nearby stars.

Big and bright so the best reflection nebula to image. Southern horizon object so a good test of tracking and autoguiding.

Used luminance layering to reduce the amount of data needed and exposure times.

Data from two nights. 23rd November & 19th December 2014.

LRGB image with 4 hours and 20 minutes of data. 25 Lum 10 red 8 green 9 blue x 5 min minute exposures.