la helice

Low to the south with only Fomalhaut for company, this is faint but -for a planetary nebula- large. Only 700 ly distant, it is formed by the central star at the end of it's life shedding outer layers of gas. Poor guiding and dew forming on the tube around 11:30, I almost gave up but glad I didn't. I may collect more snaps to see if I can tease out more detail.
planetary nebula ngc7293 the helix in aquarius
700d + pn208    31x150s @ ISO 800