IC 443 and Sh2-249

In the lower right of this image lies IC443 or the Jellyfish Nebula. It is the beautiful remnant of a supernova explosion thought to have occurred about 35,000 years ago. A neutron star lies buried deeply within the nebula and is all that remains of the original star. A large emission nebula takes up the left side of the image. Within this nebula - visible near the top and to the left of center is the recently discovered planetary nebula Howell-Crisp 1 (HoCr1). In this image the nebula is small, not much larger that the stars and appears as a faint gray fuzzy spot. The two brightest stars are Mu and Eta Geminorum.

This image is a 2 panel mosaic and was taken through a hydrogen alpha filter.

OTA:  William Optics Star71

Camera:  Atik 460ex w/EFW2 filter wheel

Filters:  Astrodon Ha  (3nm)

Mount:  AP Mach1

Exposure: 5h 40m (total both panels)

Data obtained:  February 2015

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory