Waid Observatory

Object: Sh2-132 - The Lion Nebula
Date: Dec.4/8/9, 2017   -   Location: Davis Mountains - west of Fort Davis, Texas
Telescope: Stellarvue 102ED  -  Camera: ST-8300M  -  Filters: Astrodon Ha,R,G,B
Exposure: Ha = 380 min    R,G,B = 75 min. each
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Sh2-132 - The Lion Nebula

Sh2-132, as designated in the Sharpless catalog, is a relatively faint emission nebula located approximately 10,000 lightyears distant in the constellation Cepheus the King. As we often visualize objects when viewing cloud formations in our earthly sky, some see a lion in this celestial cloud with the head to the upper left and the body, legs, and tail extending to the right. An obscuring dark lane of dust and gas is located in the "head of the lion" and appears to form the lion's facial features.

The image above was assembled using the Ha data for luminance. The Ha data was also blended into the red channel and then finished in Photoshop CC as a Ha/(R+Ha)/G/B image.

Copyright Donald P. Waid