NGC 281 - The PacMan Nebula

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NGC281 also known as the Pacman nebula. The young, massive stars that are powering the nebulas glow are part of a  star cluster cataloged as IC 1590. The dense dust formations that are seen below are called Bok Globules and are seen as dark masses. You can see these clouds more clearly if you enlarge the photo by clicking on it.

This is a 60 minute exposure with a Hyperstar equipped C6 telescope. You can see a narrowband closeup of this region here. The narrowband image is oriented differently. This image was taken October 13, 2019 during a full moon. A special filter allowed a good color image to emerge despite the bright moon. 

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