Saturn Nebula - NGC 7009

Saturn Nebula - NGC 7009

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NGC 7009 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae and a relatively easy object to find in the constellation Aquarius. At magnitude 8 it is observable in small telescopes and responds well to high magnification. A series of 20 and 30 second exposures were all that was required to capture this curiously shaped puffed up star. It is nicknamed “Saturn Nebula” perhaps because it has bipolar symmetrical elongations that mimic the rings of Saturn.   

Coordinates       :

21h 05' -11d 18.5'

Date Imaged       :

October 4, 2013

Lens       :

N16 f/10.3

Camera       :

D7000 ISO 6400

Exposure       :

42 x 30 seconds; 36 x 20 seconds

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio