M1- The Crab Nebula
This is the finished image from the WIP that can be seen below in the dust bunnies example. I have taken more subs tonight for a total of 3hrs, all in 15min subs (12 in total). This was imaged through my 8″ SCT running at 1.2m focal length via a F6.3 reducer. The imaging camera was a QHY8.
I have taken images of M1 in the past and never been happy with the results. I think this image does the target justice but to be perfectly honest I dont think it’s a great target for imaging, it just looks a bit, I dunno, like a blob in space!
M1 is known as the Crab Nebula and is a supernova remnant from a star that exploded in 1054 (We know this from the records that Chinese astronomers were keeping back then). The nebulosity seen in the image is the remains of the star after it exploded and it is estimated that this covers approximately 13 light years. In the centre of the nebula is a Pulsar that rotates around 30 times every second sending out X-Rays. It is also estimated that the distance to this object is about 6300 light years in the constellation of Taurus (The Bull).