"The planetary nebula Sh2-188 has received many descriptive names over the years: the Dolphin, the Leaping Dolphin, the Shrimp, and the Firefox Nebula, among others. Most of these names come from shots presented conforming to the geocentric notion of 0° rotation relative to our tiny planet's rotational axis in which we arbitrarily call the "north" pole "up." However, there is no "up" in space, so I like to disregard the standard presentation.
As others have noted, when shown with this rotation, it looks like a head, and it looks to me like the head of a being from the Mos Eisley Cantina. If you see something different, please post it (my wife sees an eyeball)."
A metallic paper print of Sh2-188. Photographed by J K Lovelace.
Each print is Made-To-Order.
Photo courtesy of denamorado.
MOAB Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260 gsm paper, acid free. From the maker's website: “Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260 transforms an image into life like, almost 3D quality.”
Recommended Care: Treat you print with care until it has been mounted and or framed. Metallic prints will look best in good lighting. If you receive your print and aren't seeing the colors and details pop, try taking the print into a different room with better lighting. If you'd like to frame your metallic print, avoid any glazing as this addition may extinguish the metallic pop.
Total Integration Time: 112.20 hours
- Planewave Instruments CDK20 OTA with an L500 mount on a PW wedge
- FLI ML-16803 imaging camera
- QHYCCD QHY5III 174 guiding camera
- Astrodon Monster MOAG
- Astrodon 50mm square filters