M57 – The Ring Nebula in Lyra – LXD75 AR-6

Telescope: Meade LXD75 AR-6
Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
Filter: Orion Imaging Sky Glow Filter
Guide scope: None
Exposure: 42x20sec, ISO 3200 saved as RAW
Darks: Internal
Flat: Synthetic
Software: Backyard EOS, Digital Photo Professional, Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop

I had to sneak this in just ahead of the clouds. The nebula was low in the northeast and the skyglow in the direction limited me to 20 second exposures with ISO 3200. I left the field of view fairly wide to show what a beautiful field M57 lies in. Lyra is one of my favorite constellations to star-hop around. It has so many beautiful star fields.

I’ve taken several images of globular clusters with my AR-6 and I wanted to see how it would work with the emission lines common to planetary nebula (H-beta, O-III, and H-alpha). I was very pleased how well this turned out. I’m looking forward to trying this on M27, particularly with its hot blue central star.

-John

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