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Photographer:

Hunter Wilson

Email:

hwilson429@aol.com

Location of Photo:

Lexington, Ohio

Date/Time of photo:

March 6, 2010

Equipment:

SBIG ST-4000XCM, Celestron 9.25 Reduced 0.63, Astro-Physics Mach1GTO Mount

Description:

M97 (NGC3587) - The "Owl Nebula" in Ursa Major. 16x15min, Imager Temp -20C, 40% Crop. Known as the "Owl Nebula" for it's "eyes" that are seen on visual observation and in images, it is one of the more complex planetary nebulae. The mass of the nebula has been estimated to amount 0.15 solar masses, while the 16 mag central star is believed to be of about 0.7 solar masses. The nebula's age is about 6,000 years and it's distance is uncertain and listed anywhere from 1300 to 12,000 light years.

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