Waid Observatory

Object: Sh2-54
Image Aquaired: Aug. 19-20, 2019  -  Location: Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX
Telescope: Stellarvue SV102-ED  -  Camera: ST-8300M  -  Filters: Astrodon TruBalance
Exposure:   Ha = 12 x 20 min. for a meancombined total of 240 min.
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Sh2-54 1

Sh2-54 is the 54 entry in the Sharpless Catalog of HII regions.  This object is a very large bright nebula located in the constellation Serpens approximately 5,500 light-years distant.  This area is an active stellar nursery with many protostars and infrared sources where newly forming stars are still masked by their cocoons of surrounding dust and gas.  Some of these newly forming stars are suspected to be very high-mass stellar candidates.  The stars in Sh2-54 are relatively young. The older stars average an age of approximately 4 to 5 million years.

Although Sh2-54 is an impressive celestial object, it doesn't seem to be imaged all that frequently.  It is located very close to the more famous Eagle Nebula (M16).  Perhaps this is why this spectacular celestial object is often overlooked.


Copyright Donald P. Waid