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Cosmic Bat Nebula by Dave Collings

Submitted by Chelsea Chin

LDN-43:  “The Cosmic Bat Nebula”

  • Plane Wave 12.5” CDK telescope with the PW 0.66 Reducer on an Astro Physics 1100 GTO CP4 mount.
  • Main camera is an ATIK 16200 Mono CCD with an ATIK EFW3 Filter wheel with Chroma LRGB Ha & OIII,  SII, and  HA 3nm filters.
  • Guide scope is Astromania 400mm Refractor with an ASI 290mm guide camera.
  • A total of 9 hours of imaging was used to create this beautiful LRGB image of LDN-43 “The Cosmic Bat Nebula”. All sub-frames were 300 sec.
  • 4 hours of Luminance, 2 hours of red, and 1.5 hours of Green and Blue.


“It has amazing detail that even blew me away for a 12.5” Plane Wave Telescope.  What a joy to capture this target.”


David Collings – Blue Ridge Observatory | Sparta, North Carolina  USA