Thor’s Helmet LRGB – NGC 2359

Thor’s Helmet
NGC 2359
1/6/2014
Canis Major
BrewSky Observatory, Casa Grande, AZ
Celestron Edge 11 on Paramount, SBig 8300F Camera/Filter Wheel/St-i guider
−20°C
# Exp (min) Filter Bin Net Time (min)
15 10 Blue 1×1 150
15 10 Green 1×1 150
15 10 Red 1×1 150
24 15 Lum 1×1 360
Total 13.5 hr
Calibrated in Maxim, Aligned/Stacked/Processed in PixInsight
NGC 2359 (also known as Thor’s Helmet) is an emission nebula in the constellation Canis Major. The nebula is approximately 15,000 light-years away and 30 light-years in size.
The central star is the Wolf-Rayet star HD 56925, an extremely hot giant thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova stage of evolution. It is similar in nature to the Bubble Nebula, interactions with a nearby large molecular cloud are thought to have contributed to the more complex shape and curved bow-shock structure of Thor’s Helmet. (Wikipedia)

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