NGC7293 - The Helix Nebula

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ngc7293 Helix Nebula
  • RA: 22:29
  • Dec: -20:50
  • Magnitude: 7.6
  • Distance: 700 ly
  • Size: 25 arcmin
  • Constellation:  Aquarius
  • Scope:  Orion ED80 at f/7
  • Autoguider:  ST-4 in faint mode
  • Sky conditions:  Transparency and Seeing above average
  • Camera: Griffin Modified Canon XSi @ 800
  • Exposure:  10 x 10 minutes
  • Date:  September 4, 2010
  • Location: Ransom, IL

Comments:  This was a beautiful night for northeastern Illinois. The Helix Nebula (also known as The Helix, NGC 7293, or Caldwell 63) is a large planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, this object is one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae.