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Tulip Nebula

Here is my rendition of the Tulipnebula SH2-101 located in the constellation Cygnus. There are some cool things in this part of the sky with a bit of a Canadian connection. Other than the beautiful glowing hydrogen gas and the rich star field, there is a small 9th magnitude star (HDE226868) which is a companion to Cygnus X-1, the first x-ray source that was widely accepted to be a black hole (swipe across to see where it is). This was discovered back in 1962 by Tim Bolton using the David Dunlop Observatory in Toronto, Canada. Thanks to my friends John Mirtle and Paul Mortfield for pointing this out to me.

Image Details: 8in RC telescope, SBIG 8300 4hrs luminance, 80 min each RGB. My home observatory under bortle class 5 suburban skies.