NGC 246 - The Skull Nebula


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Date Taken:
Harvey
NGC 246
Planetary Nebula
CTIO, Chile
10-07-2007
Description

NGC 246 in Cetus is an 8th magnitude planetary nebula discovered by William Herschel.  nebula. The central star of this nebula is actually two stars close in angular separation (3.8" distant at PA 129°). These stars are most likely line-of-sight, but the pair could be a binary star system.

To see a Gemini South image of this object, click here.

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
RGB 1.5 hours
Camera:
Apogee Alta U47
Telescope:
RCOS Carbon Truss 16 inch f/11.3 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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