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Photographer captures ‘Boogie Man ‘Nebula’ lurking behind light pollution

The Boogie Man Nebula looms in the deep space.

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The “Boogie Man Nebula” haunts the cosmos in this deep image by astrophotographer Jeff Johnson.

Also known as Lynds Dark Nebula (LDN) 1622, this dark cloud of interstellar dust and gas is located approximately 500 light-years away in the constellation of Orion.

Johnson caught this beautiful image of the Boogie Man Nebula from his backyard in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The making of these photos of three attempts, as the clouds and the light pollution kept ruining his data, Johnson told Space.com. But he managed to get the most out of the data that he had, by combining the usable parts in a stellar portrait of this heavenly Boogie Man. [Haunting Photos: The Spookiest Nebulas in Space]

About this trio of attempts, Johnson collected a total of 5.3 hours of exposure. The resulting image combines H-alpha data (a wavelength of the light emitted by glowing hydrogen gas) collected during his most recent recording session on Nov. 24 and RGB (color) data of his first shot of the nebula, taken on Feb. 11, 2016, Johnson said.

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About a year after that first picture, Johnson revisited the Boogie Man Nebula with a new telescope. But the image was blurred, too much light pollution created from the color data unusable. When he tried again last November, to the light pollution ruined his colour again, but the image was sharper. “As luck would have it … the clouds rolled by a part of the data session,” Johnson said.

“Any attempt … cost me an hour of setup time, since I use a portable setup that I have the next morning after each session,” Johnson said. His plant is equipped with a Takahashi TOA-130F refractor telescope and a QSI 540wsg cooled CCD-camera equipped with a H-alpha filter and a LRGB filter. For his first image in 2016, Johnson used a Takahashi FS-60C for capturing a wider shot of the nebula.

Original article on Space.com.

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