Seagull Nebula

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This was probably my most difficult capture (that worked) for a while. It is IC2177 aka The Seagull Nebula. Why? It kinda looks like a seagull. If you cannot see it, have a glass or three of wine and try again... Full disclosure, the Seagull Nebula does not apply to 1 nebula but an area of nebula and stars.

It is about 3700 light years from earth (just around the corner) but has an apparent magnitude of 15 (the human eye can only see to about magnitude 5) - so not visible to the naked eye. It lies in the constellation of Monoceros (Latin for Unicorn) which is found just east of Orion. This was captured March 20th and is 22 x 300 second exposures - 110 minutes, plus darks, bias and flats. Captured using a ZWO cooled CMOS camera and my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 @ 200 mm.

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A tough subject! Well done.
Thanks!

Beautiful shot.
I appreciate that!

Stunning, both for the nebula and the sheer number of stars showing.
Thanks! As a matter of fact, I ran a process to decrease the number of stars. It does not remove them all, but reduces them enough to allow the subject to show through better.

Nicely done, Kevin.
Thank you! Looking to upgrade my mount to get better tracking/guiding.
 
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