NGC 7662 – And

NGC 7662

NGC 7662

NGC 7662 is a wonderful planetary nebula, knows as “Blue Snowball” for its intriguing color. It hosts a dying star, almost with the same mass of our Sun.  It was discovered by W. Herschel on 1784. Its distance is quite uncertain, with a mean value of 3000 light years.

This image was captured with the Celestron C14″, part of the Virtual Telescope Project. It shows a truly amazing detail, thanks to the excellent seeing at the observatorty site. The OTA in installed on a Paramount ME robotic mount, by Software Bisque. The CCD camera is a SBIG ST8-XME. The image scale is of 0.62″/pixel.

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