SH2-53 (Sharpless 53 )

Here is an nice Sharpless object for all size imaging systems. Sh2-53 is the group of small bright nebula in the center that a larger telescope can easily uncover more detail and structure. The wide field setups will pick up the surrounding Sharpless objects, Sh2-48 is the small one at the bottom and part of SH2-49 can be seen. Sh2-49 is better known as Messier 16. The hydrogen alpha filter works very nice for a good high contrast image.

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Images by Dean Salman