The NGC 7293 “Helix” nebula: an image – 15 Sept. 2023

A true iconic deep sky gem, the “Helix” (NGC 7293) planetary nebula is a superb view in this recent image captured by our facility.

NGC 7293, the "Helix" nebula. 15 Sept. 2023.

NGC 7293, the “Helix” nebula. 15 Sept. 2023.

The image above comes from the average of 22, 120-second unfiltered exposures, remotely taken with the ARTEC250+Paramount ME+C3Pro61000EC robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project facility in Manciano, Italy.

NGC 7293 is well-known thanks to its quite appropriate nickname, that is the Helix nebula, because of the shape. It is among the closest planetary nebulae, placed at about 650 light years from us.

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