Lion Nebula SH2-132

The purple and blue hues in this photo highlight the Lion Nebula, which was shot in the last two nights of July 2023 in dual narrowband (H-alpha and O III) in Illinois. This image was taken by Imran Sultan, a graduate student in CIERA Professor Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere’s group who practices astrophotography in his free time. In 2023, Sultan’s photo of the Western Veil Nebula and the Flower Moon won first place and runner-up respectively in the astronomy category of the Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition. The equipment used to shoot this photo were the ZWO ASI533MC Pro, the Optolong L-Ultimate 2″ filter, a Svbony SV503 80ED 80mm refractor, Star Adventurer GTi, ZWO 30mm f/4 guide scope, and an ASI120MM Mini guide camera.

Credit: Imran Sultan/Northwestern/CIERA

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