Kes 78 in Aquila

The star­fields of con­stel­la­tion Aquila are very often over­seen, but many regions are full of galactic treas­ures. This image shows three Sharp­less objects (Sh2-66, Sh2-67, Sh2-69), two super­nova rem­nants (SNR G032.8–00.1 aka Kes 78, SNR G031.5–00.6) and sev­er­al plan­et­ary neb­u­lae. Fur­ther­more, dark neb­ula LDN 604 and star cluster Berke­ley 79 and 80 are act­ors in this scenery. Last but not least, an unknown emis­sion neb­ula can be found in the image.

The main object of this 3.5x3.5 degree field is Kes 78, a super­nova rem­nant dis­covered in a radio con­ti­uum sur­vey by Kesteven in 1968, vis­able above the cen­ter of the image. The first optic­al detec­tion of SNR G032.8–001 was repor­ted in 2009 by P. Bou­mis et al. (here).

You can find an annot­ated ver­sion here. North is up in this image.

This images was sug­ges­ted by Sakib Rasool, who helped me iden­tifing the vari­ous objects in this stel­lar field.


Taka­hashi FSQ-106EDX III
Andor CG16M
Astro­don Gen2
HaR­GB 495:160:160:160 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

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About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.