M57- The Ring Nebula

A very small planetary nebula in the constellation Lyra.  You can see a small galaxy, IC1296, in the upper right.

Note: This image received 2nd Place for the category "Deep Space - Nebula" at the 2004 MidAtlantic Star Party Astrophotography contest.

Location:Gastonia, NC
Optics:C8 focal reduced to 1600mm f/8
Exposure:L: 24 x 5 min, RGB: 6,6,9 x 6 min
Camera:SBIG ST-7E
Mount:Losmandy G11