Pac­man Neb­ula NGC 281​ in Cassiopeia

NGC 281 is an H II region in the con­stel­la­tion of Cas­si­opeia. It includes the open cluster IC 1590, the mul­tiple star HD 5005, and sev­er­al Bok glob­ules. Col­lo­qui­ally, NGC 281 is also known as the Pac­man Neb­ula for its resemb­lance to the video game char­ac­ter. The dis­tance from earth is estim­ated about 7500 light-years.

[descrip­tion from wikipedia]

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RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
ASA DDM85
Apo­gee U16M
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HaOIIILRGB 600:640:180:180:180:180 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
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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.

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