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Comanche Springs Star Party

Comanche Springs Star Party
Doin' my thang at the Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus (where I often become a "red ghost")

Dallas Sky

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Camanche Springs Sky

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Riddler

This dusty nebula is very seldom imaged. In fact, I could find no other examples on the internet (except for extremely wide shots that encompass the entire Orion/Eridanus area -- where this object shows as a tiny patch).

I have always noticed this nebula, being just west of the famous Witch Head, so last week I decided to see what it would look like up close. I could not find any catalog number for the nebula, so this object was a bit of a mystery to me. And when I saw the results, I was quite amused at the "?" shape -- so I call this the Riddler (as suggested to me by my pal Dave Pearson).

After posting this image, a fellow astrophotographer finally alerted me to the catalog name of this object. It is found in the Lynd's Bright Nebula catalog. It is actually 2 different nebulae -- LBN917 (bottom) and LBN906 (top).

After poking around a bit, I found more info on this area here http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/0809/0809.0585v1.pdf

FSQ 106EDX f/3.63
STL-11000M -25C
LRGB 240,30,30,30
CCDStack, PixInsight, CS5


Brendan said...

I love your work with some of the dark dusty stuff! I never even knew of "the riddler" till tonight when i was trawling around the scorpio region found anice little dark nebula called B84, searched it found your Brilliant rendition and then looked a bit more and found that!

I also love your "special interests" Group. sounds great. Anyhow back off to my night of imaging and letting the 10" astrograph loose on B84 with my qhy9. If you want to see how it ends up my webpage is www.brendanmitchell.net

Thanks once again

Neutronman said...

Thanks Brendan! I visited your site -- very nice work. Man, I wish I was further South ; )