"The Crystal Ball Nebula" In Taurus
NGC 1514

NGC 1514 The Crystal Ball Nebula In Taurus

Image Details:

Telescope: Celestron 14 @ F11.4 (3975mm)
Wikipedia Notes: NGC 1514 is a planetary nebula that was discovered by William Herschel on November 13th, 1790, describing it "A most singular phoenomenoa" and forcing him to rethink his ideas on the construction of the heavens. Up until this point Herschel was convinced that all nebulae consisted of masses of stars too remote to resolve, but now here was a single star "surrounded with a faintly luminous atmosphere."[2] He went on to conclude "Our judgement I may venture to say, will be, that the nebulosity about the star is not of a starry nature". It has since been conjectured that the nebula in fact envelops a tightly orbiting double star with a period of up to 10 days. Gas is presumably expanding away from the larger star of the pair.[3]
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200GTO
Camera: SBIG ST-10XME w/CFW-8A & Astrodon Filters
Exposure: LRGB = 120:60:60:60 Minutes
Location: ARGO, Oregon USA
Date: August 2006