The Southern Seagull Nebula Complex (NGC 2011, 2014, 2020, 2021, 2030,2032, 2035, 2040)

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'The Southern Seagull Nebula Complex (NGC 2011, 2014, 2020, 2021, 2030,2032, 2035, 2040)'

The Southern Seagull Nebula Complex (NGC 2011, 2014, 2020, 2021, 2030,2032, 2035, 2040)

[Public Domain] 11 Apr 2024 Dylan O'Donnell
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This is definitely the most complicated and diverse region of space I’ve ever photographed. It has the usual emission nebula and star formation, but also several supernovae remnants, clusters, reflection nebulae, oxygen and even a Wolf-Rayet star blowing an oxygen bubble shell. The area harbours old stars and their supernova corpses in the same place as new populations are being seeded. It’s truly mind blowing. Located very south in the Dorado region near the Large Magellanic Cloud, not to be confused with the “Seagull” nebula in the northern skies.

Celestron 11” Edge HD / F7 1960mm from Byron Bay Observatory, Australia
QHYCCD 268M
SkyWatcher EQ8-Rh Pro Mount
Combined as HOO-RGB, natural colour palette.
23 x 10m (Hydrogen Alpha)
23 x 10m (Oxygen [III])
16 x 3m (Red)
16 x 3m (Green)
17 x 3m (Blue)
Total Integration Time : ~10 hours Exposure

(There is also clearly a galaxy at the bottom of frame but I can’t ID from the PGC 2003 Catalog of ~1M galaxies)

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