The Vela Supernova Remnant (Gum 16), Vela

A young supernova remnant, the remains of a star that exploded about 12,000 years ago, is visible as the turquoise and red filaments to right of centre (contains the Vela pulsar, a neutron star, the degenerate core of the dead star), superimposed on the much larger Gum Nebula. It lies roughly 800ly away.  Below are two other objects from Gum's catalogue, Gum 17  and Gum 15. The stars, g Velorum is upper left of centre, z Velorum is lower left and l Velorum is right of centre.


Camera:  SBIG STL11000M; Astrodon filters Scope: 35mm f3.5 lens at f4 (cropped fov ~20x15)
Mount: Synta NEQ-6 Pro mount tracking the sky Guiding: none
Filters/Exposures: Ha:OIII: 111:400 min (bin 1x1); HOO mapped as RGB, 8h 30m total exposure time Location: Astronomical Society of Victoria, Leon Mow Dark Sky Site, Heathcote, Victoria
Dates: January and March 2013 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5