IC 1318 is a large emission type nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. Commonly known as the “Butterfly Nebula” because of its shape,  the nebula is a distance of approximately 3000 light years from the Earth.  This nebula is part of the Gamma Cygni nebulosity complex.

Camera: QSI 683wsg-8 with Astronomik narrowband filters.

Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106

Mount: Meade Lx-200GPS

Total exposure time was 14 hours through Hydrogen-Alpha, O3 and S2 narrowband filters mapped to green, blue and red respectively.

Image data acquired over several evenings during the week of November 1, 2015


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IC 1318 in  Cygnus