NGC1491

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NGC 1491 is an emission nebula found in the constellation of Perseus. It’s about 10,000 light years away. This particular nebula has an 11th magnitude star in its center. The "reddish" color of this object indicates that it is heavily composed of HII. Note how the central star is "blowing" a bubble in the gas that immediately surrounds it. The winds from this star are so energetic that they are breaking up the nebula to right of it in this picture. (Description from APOD) This is 9.5 hours taken over the Xmas holidays of 2014. I tried getting some data using my hydrogen-alpha filter but it overran the deleicate colors of this nebula so I deleted it. Click for a larger image. 

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