The Seagull Nebula (also known as IC 2177) is a star-forming region that contains emission nebulae, reflection nebulae, neighboring dust clouds, and star clusters. It is large, measuring more than 2 degrees in both axes, and is more than 250 light years in diameter. It gets its name from its resemblance to a seagull in flight.
Also appeared on “Starship Asterisk,” the main discussion venue for the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) May 24, 2016.
Also appeared at http://www.astronomy.com/photos/picture-of-day June 9, 2016
Date: January, 2016 Location: Green Valley, Arizona Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106EDX Camera: SBIG STT-8300M Filters: Astrodon Gen 2 Mount: AstroPhysics 1200 Exposure: HaRGB = 7:2:2:2 hours respectively, all unbinned Software: Acquisition: Maxim DL 5, TheSkyX, Pinpoint, CCD Commander Processing: CCDStack, Pixinsight, PhotoShop CS6 with various plugins