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Stellarvue SV80A with a Canon T3i (LPF2 mod) and Celestron AVX.
The Heart Nebula, shown in the photo, is a large cloud of ionized hydrogen gas that is illuminated by the hot young stars embedded in it. The glow and shape of the nebula are the result of intense radiation and stellar winds from a small cluster of stars near the nebula's core. This feature lies ~7,500 light years away in the Perseus arm of our Galaxy and is located in the night sky near Cassiopeia. With an approximate width of 200 light years, this emission nebula is huge and spans about 2.5 degrees on the sky.