The Clamshell Nebula in HOO
Sh2-119
Sh2-119, commonly known as the Clamshell Nebula, is a stunning emission nebula located in the constellation Cygnus, approximately 10,000 light-years away from Earth. It is named after its unique resemblance to a clamshell or a celestial pair of wings, which makes it visually captivating.

The Clamshell Nebula is part of a larger complex of interstellar gas and dust called the Cygnus Loop or the Veil Nebula. It is formed by the expanding remnants of a supernova explosion that occurred thousands of years ago. The shockwave from the explosion interacts with the surrounding interstellar medium, causing the gas to ionize and emit radiation.

The nebula's distinctive shape is a result of the interaction between the expanding shockwave and a dense region of interstellar material. This interaction compresses and sweeps the gas and dust, creating the appearance of two symmetrical arcs resembling a clamshell or wings. These arcs are predominantly composed of ionized hydrogen gas, which gives the nebula its characteristic reddish hue.

Observations of the Clamshell Nebula reveal the presence of other elements and molecules, such as sulfur, oxygen, and carbon. These elements contribute to the overall composition of the nebula and provide valuable information about the chemical processes taking place within it.

The Clamshell Nebula is an active star-forming region, with ongoing processes of stellar birth and evolution. Embedded within the nebula are young, massive stars that are illuminating and shaping the surrounding gas and dust. These stars emit intense ultraviolet radiation that ionizes the hydrogen atoms, causing them to emit light and contribute to the nebula's glow.

This is my bicolor version (HOO) of this amazing nebula!


Image Details
Date
August 2 & September 20, 2022
LOCATion
Hannover (Germany)
Sky Quality
Bortle 5
Telescope
Celestron RASA 8 (203/400 f/2)
Mount
Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro
Main Camera
ZWO ASI 2600 MC Pro
Gain 100, Offset 18, -10°
Focuser
Celestron Motorfocus
Filter
IDAS NBZ
Exposure
RGB (Stars): 60 × 5″ (5′)
Ha & OIII: 90 × 120″ (3h)
Total: 3h 5′
Guiding
ZWO ASI 120MM, PHD2
Calibration
Flats, Darks, Darkflats
Software
N.I.N.A., EQMod
Other
Artesky Filter Holder
Processing
Astropixelprocessor, Photoshop, Pixinsight
  
  
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