NGC 6781 – Aql

NGC 6781

NGC 6781

Among the celestial treasures, planetary nebulae really stand out. Placed at a few thousands of light years from us, NGC 6781 is a perfect example of that. It is one of the apparently largest objects of its type and it is placed in a very rich star field. It was discovered by William Herschel on 30 July 1788.

This image was obtained with the Planewave 17 unit, part of the Virtual Telescope Project. A total of 15 exposures, with 5 minutes of integration each, were averaged. Images were unguided, completely trusting the Paramount ME mount. The CCD camera is a SBIG STL-6303E. The image scale is of 0.8″/pixel. Date: 3Aug. 2013.

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