Celestron EdgeHD 1100, STL11K, MMOAG, Astrodon Ha, Oiii, Sii, Astronomiks iic R, G, B filters, AP1200
Captured with Maxim v5 and CCDCommander
Processed with CCDStack, eXcalibrator and Photoshop CS4

About 49 hours total, September 2010

Discovered by E. E. Barnard, NGC 281 is an emission nebula 9,500 ly distant in the Perseus arm of the galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. The nebula
is excited  by young OB stars including the cluster HD5005, in the center of the image. HD 5005 is similar in nature and appearance to  the Trapzium in

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NGC 281
The Pacman Nebula