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Photographer:

Hunter Wilson

Email:

hwilson429@aol.com

Location of Photo:

Lexington, Ohio

Date/Time of photo:

October 18, 2009

Equipment:

Celestron 9.25 SCT with 0.63 Reducer, SBIG ST-4000XCM Camera, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount

Description:

NGC 7293 - The Helix Nebula in Aquarius, 5x900sec. Short integration time, clouded out. Transparency fair. The Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) spans about 2.5 light years and is about 650 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. It is one of the closest planetary nebulae to earth and was discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding before 1824. It has a very similar appearance to the Ring Nebula. It is also similar in size, age, and physical characteristics to the Dumbbell Nebula, with the significant difference in appearance being a consequence of the relative proximity and more nearly equatorial viewing angle of the Dumbbell.

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