NGC281 "PacMan Nebula" – Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia

  • Description: - This is a wide field view of Emission Nebula NGC281, aka IC 11, Sharpless 2-184 and colloquially as "The PacMan Nebula" as it resembles the protagonist creature from the Japanese video game of the same name from the 1980's. It is approximately 40 arc minutes across and 9.2kly (2.8kpc) distant from us. This image is a combination of RGB and deeper Ha images which added more detail.

  • Camera: SBIG STT-8300M @ -35C Sensor Temperature

  • Filter: Baader RGB & 7nm Ha

  • Scope: Astro-Physics 92 Stowaway with 92TCC yielding 488mm focal length at f/5.3

  • Guiding: SBIG FW8G

  • Exposure: 3 x 5 minutes each colour of Blue, Green then Red followed by 10 x 15 minutes of Ha for 285 minutes total exposure time.

  • Location: near Cluny, Alberta under Bortle 4 skies (20.96mpsas towards target)

  • Date: 2023-10-07, at +10C and 66%Rh

  • Processed in PixInsight with RCAstro tools and SPCC.

NGC281 in Ha Only – Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia

  • Description: This is just the Ha portion of the top image.


NGC281 in RGB Only – Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia

  • Description: This is just the RGB portion of the top image.


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