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SW PRO 120ED
2' x 36 @ ISO 800
Sylvania, Ohio 6-15-13 @ 02:48
I took this image not because I wanted it to be spectacular, but because I thought it would be cool to juxtapose two objects so greatly separated by distance and hence, time. The intragalactic planetary nebula (pn*) is some 2,600 LY distant, vs. the "external galaxy" (an old term used in such publications like "A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets*, by Donald H. Menzel, (c) 1964), located some 23 million LY distant. Adverse sky conditions and equipment troubles notwithstanding, I was able to acquire the image. 72 min really totalled 4+ hours, when all was said and done.