ASTRO IMAGES By Doug Wheeland

 

            M1 - Supernovae Remnant in Taurus

M 1                     EQUIPMENT
Telescope ----  12.5" RCOS RC at 114" FL
Mount --------  Astro-Physics AP1200
Camera -------  SBIG ST8E/CFW8
Guided -------  SBIG AO7

             IMAGE INFORMATION
12 Dec. 2002
210 min. Total
30 min. Sub-Exposures
LRGB Filtered
Acquired Using MaxIm CCD

                      PROCESSING
Data Reduction Using MaxIm DL
Finished Using Adobe Photo Shop

                        LOCATION
Star Ranch Road Observatory
South Western Colorado Springs
Elevation 6500 Feet

 

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Also known as "The Crab Nebula", the explosion of this star was observed in 1054 AD.  The Star is 7000 light years distant but its end was so bright that the event could be seen  in daylight.  The star collapsed to become a pulsar having the mass of our Sun but only 6 miles in diameter.   The nebulosity is about 10 light years across.

All Images Copyright Douglas R. Wheeland

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