Explore NGC7293 The Helix Nebula



NGC7293 also known as the Helix Nebula or The God’s Eye is a fairly large planetary nebula in the constellation of Aquarius.

The Helix is about 700 light years away and is the closest planetary nebula to us.

NGC7293 was discovered in 1823 by Karl Ludwig Harding.

This was captured at Cherry Springs State Park, an International Dark Sky site in Pennsylvania, US. I was able to get about 40 frames at 300 seconds each, out of which I only used 32.

Processing Info

I stacked the 32 light frames along with 40 dark and 40 flat frames in PixInsight

The following processes were performed in PixInsight:

Once I found what I liked, I saved the files and went to Photoshop and ran Topaz AI DeNoise. This is an amazing plugin that works like magic.

The area of the sky in Aquarius
Here you can see the area of the sky in Aquarius imaged.

Acquisition Data