Sh2-132 – Lion Nebula (Natural Palette)

Sh2-132

Lion Nebula (Natural Palette)

Cepheus the King

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Sh2-132, as designated in the Sharpless catalog, is a relatively faint emission nebula located approximately 10,000 lightyears distant in the constellation Cepheus the King. As we often visualize objects when viewing cloud formations in our earthly sky, some see a lion in this celestial cloud with the head to the upper left and the body, legs, and tail extending to the right. An obscuring dark lane of dust and gas is located in the “head of the lion” and appears to form the lion’s facial features.

The Lion Nebula in Cepheus

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Technical card

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ObjectSh2-132
Imaging telescopeCelestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph 8″
Imaging cameraZWO ASI 1600MM PRO
Mount iOptron CEM60
GuidingGuidescope 240mm, ZWO ASI 120MM
FilterBaader f/2 Highspeed H-Alpha, Baader f/2 Highspeed OIII, Baader f/2 Highspeed SII (each 2″), Baader R, G, B (2″)
AccessoriesStarizona Filter Slider,  Celestron Focus Motor for SCT
Integration33.7 hours, H-Alpha: 205×180″, OIII: 290×120″, SII: 215×180″, Red/Green/Blue each: 120×30″
Dates of recording6 nights in September 2020
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Awards

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ZWO Astronomy Picture of the Week (#01/2021) – Link to publication

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