The Flying Dutchman – IC 4628 in Narrowband

The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. Sightings in the 19th and 20th centuries reported the ship to be glowing with ghostly light. If hailed by another ship, the crew of the Flying Dutchman will try to send messages to land, or to people long dead. In ocean lore, the sight of this phantom ship is a portent of doom.


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Prawn Nebula ic 4628 in Narrowband
Prawn Nebula ic 4628 in Narrowband

Capture Details

TelescopeSkywatcher CF 10" F4 Newtonian
CameraQSI 683 WSG8
MountTakahashi NJP Temma 2
FiltersAstrodon 5nm Ha, O3 & RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)12.8 hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateJune, 2019

About this Nebula

South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, irradiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The electrons eventually recombine with the atoms to produce the visible nebular glow, dominated by the red emission of hydrogen. At an estimated distance of 6,000 light-years, the region shown is about 250 light-years across, spanning an area equivalent to four full Moons on the sky. The nebula is also cataloged asGum 56 for Australian astronomer Colin Stanley Gum, but seafood-loving astronomers might know this cosmic cloud as the Prawn Nebula. (text from APOD)

De Vliegende Hollander

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“Who dare disturb the Flying Dutchman?!” “That’s it Squidward! This ship belongs to the Red Baron!”

- Spongebob Squarepants