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The Soul Ne­bula DUAN YUSEF, ES­SEX, 23 SEPTEM­BER-9 OC­TO­BER 2018

Duan says: “I started shoot­ing this part of the ne­bula af­ter see­ing other pho­tog­ra­phers’ im­ages. There are a lot of wide-field im­ages of this tar­get but this part looked re­ally in­ter­est­ing so I thought I’d try a close-up of the area. I was blessed with over two weeks of clear skies at the end of Septem­ber so the data just kept rolling in. This is the most ex­po­sure time I have ever put into an im­age and it’s ended up be­ing one of the best I’ve ever taken.” Equip­ment: ZWO ASI1600 mono cam­era, Al­tair Wave 130 EDT apo re­frac­tor, Sky-Watcher EQ8 Pro equa­to­rial mount Ex­po­sure: 140x10’ Ha, 140x10’ OIII; 90x10’ SII Soft­ware: PixIn­sight, Pho­to­shop

BBC Sky at Night Magazine says: “Duan’s im­age re­ally leapt out at us when we were look­ing through the sub­mis­sions. There’s so much go­ing on: glow­ing neb­u­los­ity and thick dark dust; crisp stars and a beau­ti­ful blend of colours across the field of view.”

About Duan: “I first got into as­tropho­tog­ra­phy about four years ago when I bought a small Go-To tele­scope, and one night I held my smart­phone up to the eye­piece to try to cap­ture a photo of the Moon. I was so im­pressed with the re­sult­ing im­age that I pur­chased a DSLR and hooked it up to the scope. The hobby has spi­ralled out of con­trol since then and I now have a per­ma­nent setup in the gar­den. I love as­tropho­tog­ra­phy be­cause it com­bines some of my favourite sub­jects: sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and art.”

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