Messier 97 & Messier 108: Owl Nebula and Surfboard Galaxy
Dodging clouds on last night’s near-New Moon evening, I was able to get a little bit of time in on the Owl Nebula (the green circle) and the Surfboard Galaxy (to the bottom right). Located near the Big Dipper, the Owl Nebula (M97) is about 2,000 light years away and only about 8,000 years old. It’s the remnants of gas ejected by its central white dwarf star that you can see in between the two dark “eyes” of the Owl.
The Surfboard Galaxy (M108) is a typical spiral galaxy (seen edge on), located about 46 million light years away.
Captured using my William Optics Redcat51 250mm telescope with the ZWO ASI924MC Pro camera.
Integration: 0.5 hours
Avg. Moon age: 26.57 days
Avg. Moon phase: 9.60%
Astrometry.net job: 2721252
RA center: 11h 15′ 25″
DEC center: +55° 0′ 32″
Pixel scale: 3.889 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 261.396 degrees
Field radius: 2.633 degrees