NGC 2359: Thor's Helmet
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NGC 2359, "Thor's Helmet"

A Wolf-Rayet star creates the energy for this object called Thor's Helmet.  Information about this object may be found here.  It's between Monoceros and Canis Major (in the vicinity of Orion)

March 2007: I tried this object again from the Davis Mountains.  I struggled to find the darn thing like last time, but I knew enough to star hop using the finder scope and my astronomy software.  (It's very dim and not visible in the finder scope or camera viewfinder.  In fact, it's barely visible in the 4 minute exposures...) 

Once found, I shot 26 additional 4 minute exposures, this time using the flattener on the TOA 130.  I combined these 26 images with the 5 from "Starry Nights" to get 31 x 4 = 124 minutes total exposure.

Feb 2007:  (From "Starry Nights" in Wimberley) I had a heck of a time finding this and only managed 20 minutes exposure before moving on to other targets.  Something to come back to, it's pretty cool.  5 exposures, 4 minutes each = 20 minutes total exposure, February 2007

Equipment: Canon EOS 20Da (unmodified), ISO 1600, Takahashi TOA 130 (a 5" APO refractor) with reducer for 5 images and with flattener for 26 images, Losmandy G-11 mount.    My current image processing workflow is here.

Other Pictures from "Starry Nights" are here
Other Pictures from the Davis Mountains are here
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