Saturday, 3 October 2015

NGC 281 - The Pacman nebula

NGC 281
Constellation - Cassiopeia
Emission nebula
Distance 4100 ly
Mag 7.4

Date 2/10/15
Transparency 7/10
SQM 21.6

Telescope 12" f/5.3
EP 24mm ES x66 (TFoV 1.2˚)

Sketch notes -
At first glance the central mouth area was most obvious with a small group of stars inside just about to get swallowed up. The longer I observed it the more nebulosity became visible until I could see two 'corners of the almost triangle shape nebula stretch quite far out from the main body.
Interesting nebula that is worth another visit soon.

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