EGB6 – An Ancient Planetary Nebula

This in an incredibly faint object – EGB 6 – discovered by Ellis, Grayson, and Bond in 1984 in a visual search through prints from the Palomar Sky Survey. Here is a link to their original paper.

EGB 6 is an old and hence large planetary nebula with extremely low surface brightness. The image is a bicolor composite of more than 50 Ha and OIII exposures of 1800 sec each – more than 25 hours of data. Nonetheless, heavy stretching and masked histogram transformations were necessary to extract some signal, even with the excellent conditions at Deep Sky West. I added a tad of RGB stars added to it. Maybe I will try again from scratch to see if there is more in the data…


Exposure: HO, (25,27) x 1800sec Date: 2016-1-14…2016-2-29
Setup: Takahashi FSQ106 EDXIII with QSI 683WSG-8 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, USA

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