|2017-11-01: Helix Nebula ⬅︎|
| We've been waiting for a moonless night with clear skies in Fall for years in order to image the famous Helix Nebula with our big telescope under the dome.
The Helix Nebula, in the constellation Aquarius, has been known since at least 1824. It is planetary nebula, the remnants of a dying star. It is one of the closest to the Earth at about 700 light-years making it appear large in our sky. But it is low in our sky which can make it challenging to image.
The Helix Nebula has sometimes been referred to as the Eye of God as well as the Eye of Sauron -- makes sense to us.