NGC 281 Pacman Nebula

NGC 281 Pacman Nebula

Located in the northern part of Cassiopeia constellation, this nebula is a rich HII region populated by Bok globules (which are newborn stars nursery), an open cluster and a multiple (five stars) system.
Due to his shape si also known as “The Pacman Nebula”, just look ad the brightest part and you’ll understand why 🙂

Shooting Data

– HA+OIII (HOO) composition
– 37 600″ HA Light frames at -0°C / gain 120
– 36 600″ OIII Light frames at -0°C / gain 120
– 31 dark/flat/darkflat frames
– ASI 294MC pro camera
– Skywatcher AZEQ6
– Skywatcher 200/1000 PDS

Frames captured between end of August / first of September 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: