NGC 2392: The Eskimo Nebula

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It is appropriate that this particular nebula is seen high in the sky during the (cold) early evening hours of winter (northern hemisphere). At a distance of around 3,000 light years away this bubble gas appears very bright in our telescope. With your eyes you can see the central star and surrounding nebulosity easily. More difficult to see is the "fur" of the hat that this gentleman wears. Clicking on the top image shows the highest resolution. The bottom picture is an older image (taken with an SCT).


20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/17
Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount
SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

L R G B color production was used to create this image.

Luminance= 14 minutes binned 1x1
Red = 10 minutes binned 1x1
Green = 10 minutes binned 1x1
Blue = 10 minutes binned 1x1

  • The exposure data refers to the top image using the 20in RC.
  • DDP was used to display the inner structure and dim outer halo.
  • The AO unit was used to acquire this image.
  • Minimum credit line: Top Image: Sharon Kempton and Karen Brister/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
    Bottom Image: Peter and Suzie Erickson/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF


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    Updated: 12/18/2004