ngc281 (Pacman) interior


Chris Heapy

Macclesfield, UK

Scope: Televue NP127is
CCD: Atik490ex and Moravian G4-16000
Filters: Chroma 3nM and Astrodon 3nM
Mount: Losmandy G11 and 10Micron GM2000HPS

Ordinarily the Pacman is viewed as a rather ‘flat’ object but here I’v processed my data with the objective of revealing the interior structure. Observed through a blue mist of triple-ionised oxygen you can see ‘Ghost’ dust pillars which lie on the far side of the molecular cloud which has been hollowed out by the powerful UV radiation and fierce solar winds of the young stars at its centre. This is a combination of data I collected over the past two years.