I was observing on the night of 31st of March this year.
Just after the midnight I chanced upon this amazing discovery.
The night sky was crystal clear. The telescope was pointing towards Virgo, the Virgin.
And this is what I got.
Even though the image was shaken up a bit, the image itself intrigued me.
I therefore took one more image.
I had never seen anything like this before. This object looked exactly like a planetary nebula.
A planetary nebula is an astronomical object consisting of a glowing shell of gas
and plasma formed by certain types of stars at the end of their lives.
There are some very nice examples of this kind exist - but this is unique indeed.
Step 1: The Kiss Nebula
After some image processing this is what I could get out of the image above.
I think this object should should be called appropriately Kiss Nebula.
Step 2: Details in Negative Image
The details of the nebula are seen
much better in this negative image.
Step 3: The Kiss Nebula -
This is the fully processed image of the Kiss Nebula
The technical details
The field of view of the camera frame about 2 minutes of arc (which is about 15th the size of the Moon as seen from the earth. )
The size of the nebula is then about 30 second of arc.
The camera used - Fast Optical On Line System ( in short FOOLS camera)
To get the desirable effect 'smooch channel' filter was applied.
This image was made on April 1, at 00:00:00
Step 4: Ha Ha
Hope you did not take me too Alpha Canis Majorisly i.e. Siriusly
Well - I simply generated some star field image, got my wife to kiss on sheet of paper that I scanned and simply super imposed
this image over the star field image.
Now played with the image - to make it blur, shake - etc.
Participated in the
Camera & Photo Skills Challenge