Deep Sky Object in Autumn
Helix Nebula (NGC7293 in Aquarius)


Date & Time: Sep 28 2013, from 21:16 to 21:42 JST(+0900)
Composed 5 shots with 5 minutes exposed
Optical: TAKAHASHI 16cm(6.3") epsilon with conversion lens (f=742mm, F4.6)
with IDAS LPS-P2-FF Light-pollution suppression filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP equatorial & SBIG STV
Digital Camera: Canon EOS 600D (Remodeled)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(5184×3456)
Sensitivity...ISO1600




NGC7293 / Planetary Nebula, type IV+III
R.A.22h 29m 36.0s (2000.0)
Dec.-20° 48' 00" (2000.0)
Apparent Size15.0×12.5'
Real Size2.53×1.97 light yrs.
Magnitude7.0
Distance580 light yrs.
At the moderate latitude in the autumn's south sky, you can see the largest planetary nebula of NGC7293 in the skies only with binoculars. Its shape has given the name of "The Helix Nebula", it's resemble the DNA double helix on photographs. The nebula is located about 10 degrees NW of Fomalhaut, alpha PsA, it's easy to use the star as a mark to search the nebula rather than stars in Aquarius. The nebula has an extraordinary vast size, about same diameter with the half of that of full moon, and is unexpectedly faint, it's fairly difficult to see in naked eyes.
The nebula has formed by a central white dwarf discharged the gaseous matter, and is expanding outward at the rate of about 25km (16 miles) per second. It's said that the sun should be destined to follow the same way with a dwarf in this nebula about 5 billion years later.

⇒ Display the spectral profile of NGC7293
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