The Pacman Nebula (also known as NGC 281) is an H II region of which the Orion Nebula is the best known example. H II regions are large clouds of partially ionized gas in which stars have recently been formed. They may give birth to thousands of stars over a period of several million years.

Technical Information       
Date:                        September, 2009
Location:                 Green Valley, Arizona
Telescope:              Takahashi TOA 130F
Camera:                  SBIG ST-2000XM
Filters:                     Astrodon Gen 1
Mount:                     AstroPhysics 1200
Exposure:               HαRGB = 420:75:75:75 minutes, all unbinned
Software:                Acquisition: Maxim DL 5, TheSky6
                                 Processing: CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 with various plugins

Pacman Nebula