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Photographer:

Steve Pastor

Email:

astro3d@pvtnetworks.net

Location of Photo:

Mayhill, NM

Date/Time of photo:

nights of 28, 30 Jan; 26 Feb; and 5 Mar 2019

Equipment:

Takahashi CCA-250 f/5 astrograph and QSI683wsg camera (Astrodon Gen2 filters) on a Paramount ME

Description:

Sh2-261 (aka Lower's Nebula or Sharpless 261) is found in the constellation Orion near the border of Gemini. Sh2-261 is a large faint region of predominantly ionized hydrogen. The distance of this nebula is not known with certainty, but estimated to be about 3000 light years away. Image was a total of 8 hours exposure.

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