The Medusa nebula in Gemini is a fairly low-brightness planetary nebula, but
large for this type of object at 10 arc minutes. It is about 1000 light years away.
It was discovered fairly recently, in 1955. It is also known as Sharpless 2-274, or
Date: Dec 31 2008, Jan 3-5 2009
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Meade LX200R-14 at f/7.87
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: Apogee Alta U8300/FLI CFW-2-7 with FLI Filters
Guiding: Orion SS Guider/Orion ST-80
Exposure: Luminance: 60 minutes 2x2, RGB: 40/25/32 min binned 3x3 for 2.5
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done
using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.
This is the first processed image with my Apogee Alta U8300 camera.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
SH 2-274 The Medusa Nebula