Monday, June 2, 2008
Here is the Ring Nebula, M57. Named for its appearance to a large glowing ring. It is, actually, pretty small through a telescope, but it does look quite a bit like this to the naked eye, with the exception of the red portions. I took this through my SN10 using my Orion DSCI. Ha! it is 57 twenty second images. Came out pretty well except for some weirdness going on with the stars that seems to be a result of the stacking process. This is one of the classic Messier Objects, which most everyone has seen at one point in photographs.
It is, in reality, a star throwing off a massive dust and gas cloud as it dies. If you look close, you can see it in the middle.