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The Crab Nebula in Taurus is the remnant of a supernova that was observed by Chinese astronomers in the year 1054.

I was surprised how well this image turned out considering the clouds that prevailed that evening. The differential refraction by the clouds did increase the guiding errors in RA.

  • Object: Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus
  • Exposure: 75 minutes
  • Telescope: Celestron C-8 @ f/10
  • Filter: IDAS LPS
  • Mount: Losmandy GM-8
  • Guiding: Celestron Radial Guider, SBIG ST-4 (A4-A7)
  • Camera: Olympus OM-1
  • Film: Kodak E200
  • Location: South Carver, MA
  • Date: 01-Dec-2000 22:08 EST
  • Conditions: seeing 4/10, transparency 4/10, LVM 5.5, 20° F, thin clouds
  • Processing: Polaroid SprintScan 4000, Adobe Photoshop 5.5, bgsmooth 3 50

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