Waid Observatory

Object: Sh2-254 Through Sh2-258
Date: Feb. 26-27, Mar. 14-16-21   -   Location: Davis Mountains west of Fort Davis, TX
Telescope: 10 in. RC   Mount: Paramount MX   Camera: Apogee F8300M
Exposure: Ha = 280 min   Red and Blue = 120 min. each, Green = 130 min.
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Sh2-254 Through Sh2-258 1

Located approximately 8,000 light years distance in the constellation Orion the Hunter is a complex of 5 separate objects.  These celestial wonders are identified in the Sharpless catalog as Sh2-254 through 258.  The brightest of these are Sh2-255 and Sh2-257 and optically lie close to the larger but more diffused Sh2-254.  These clouds appear somewhat spheroidal in shape and are in close proximity to each other; however, they may not be physically associated.  A labeled image showing the designation of each Sharpless object may be view here.


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