AAPOD2 & Astrobin IOTD!

Resembling a hot chilli these superheated blue tendrils of ionized oxygen are remnants of a spectacular supernova that occurred some 11,000 years ago.

Located in Vela some 800 LY distant, this small isolated section of this vast region silhouetted against a background rich in Ha seemed worthy of attention it’s own right – as after an exhaustive search, there don’t appear to be any stand alone studies online of this beautiful waveform.

Photographed over three nights from my light polluted suburban backyard in Melbourne, Australia.

Acquisition was made using Stellarmate on a Rpi4 😊

Processed in App, PS CC 2021, Topaz NR Ai & Nik.

The Takahashi and QSI 6162 are premium astrophotography tools. This combination along with my new Chroma LRGB & Narrowband Ha, O3 & S2 filters is a dream to use!

Photographed in HaO3RGB from my backyard in Melbourne, Australia.

ASTROBIN Image of the Day 28/03/21

AAPOD2 05/04/21


Vela SNR HaO3 narrowband
Vela SNR HaO3 narrowband

Capture Details

TelescopeTakahashi TOA 130 Apochromatic Refractor + TOA FS Reducer
CameraQSI 6162 WSG-8
MountTak NJP
FiltersChroma 5nm Ha, 3nm O3 & RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)15.5 hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateMarch, 2021

About AAPOD2

Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day (AAPOD2) is a website and social media presence, built, coordinated, and edited by Jason Matter and Charles Lillo. The goal of the site is to collect and archive the best Amateur Astronomy images on the internet and award a new AAPOD2 winner daily.

In the real world, Jason and Charles are two amateur astronomers who spend much of their free hobby time imaging the universe. Both are on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association and have been so for a combined 15 yrs. Both are avid amateur astronomers who blog and publish their own images on their own websites.

The AAPOD2 website and Instagram accounts are not associated with  APOD.nasa.gov and is a private venture to keep the ball rolling for all amateur astro-photographers.

Blue Chilli Nebula

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Resembling a hot chilli these superheated blue tendrils of ionized oxygen are remnants of a spectacular supernova!

- Text: Apod