Sh2-132 Lion Nebula

Sh2-132 Lion Nebula

This is actually a part of the Lion Nebula: you can see upside down the Lion’s head on the center right and his back and tail doing an arc on the top left of the picture.
This region is populated by a huge number of class O and B and also by a couple of Wolf-Rayet stars as it used to be a strong star nursery area.

Update: on 10th of june 2020 this picture has been awarded with AAPOD2 (Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day)

Sh2-132 Lion Nebula

Shooting Data

– HA+OIII (HOO) composition
– 26 480″ HA Light frames at -10°C / gain 120
– 57 300″ OIII Light frames at -10°C / gain 250
– 31 dark/flat/darkflat frames
– ASI 294MC pro camera
– Skywatcher AZEQ6
– Skywatcher 200/1000 PDS

Frames captured between 24/27th of May 2020 from my backyard
Bortle 8 / SQM 18.5 heavy light polluted sky

Postproduction made with PixInsight for image stacking and Photoshop/Camera raw for the color balancing and noise reduction.

HiRes on Astrobin: