Waid Observatory

Object: Sh2-101 - The Tulip Nebula
Date: Oct. 24-25, 2017    Location: Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX
Telescope: Stellarvue SV102ED   -   Camera: ST-8300M   -  Mount: MI-250
Exposure: Ha = 180 min.   -  OIII = 280 min.  -  RGB for stars = 45 min. each
Click on the image below to view at higher resolution.




Sh2-101 - The Tulip Nebula 1

Sh2-101, as designated in the Sharpless Catalog of HII regions, is also communally known as the Tulip Nebula. This colorful nebula is located in the constellation Cygnus the Swan at an approximate distance of 6,000 light years from the Earth. An object of much scientific interest, the microquasar Cygnus X-1, is located just to the right of the Tulip. It is a source of intense X-Ray emission and is the site of one of the first suspected black holes. The location of Cygnus X-1, in relation to the Tulip Nebula, may be viewed at this link. Move you mouse over the displayed image to see the location identified.

The image above was captured using Ha (Hydrogen Alpha) and OIII (Doubly Ionized Oxygen) narrowband filters.  The image was assembled by mapping Ha to red and OIII to green and blue.  The stars were overlaid with RGB data to give them a near true color appearance.  A full Hubble Palette narrowband version of Sh2-101 may be viewed here.

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh2-101

Copyright Donald P. Waid