Cepheus the King
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
|Imaging telescope||Celestron Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph 8″|
|Imaging camera||ZWO ASI 1600MM PRO|
|Guiding||Guidescope 240mm, ZWO ASI 120MM|
|Filter||Baader f/2 Highspeed H-Alpha, Baader f/2 Highspeed OIII, Baader f/2 Highspeed SII (each 2″), Baader R, G, B (2″)|
|Accessories||Starizona Filter Slider, Celestron Focus Motor for SCT|
|Integration||33.7 hours, H-Alpha: 205×180″, OIII: 290×120″, SII: 215×180″, Red/Green/Blue each: 120×30″|
|Dates of recording||6 nights in September 2020|
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