Antilhue - Chile

McNeil and HH22
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Designation McNeil Nebula and Herbig-Haro nr.22  (HH22)
Object type Stellar outburst, eruption
Coordinates 05h46m,  - 00d06'  (Orion ) 
Description Jay McNeil, an amateur astronomer from Kentucky (USA) discovered this new nebula from his backyard using a 3" telescope after taking a CCD image of the nearby Messier 78 emission nebula. It is a probable eruption of a very faint star and occurred behind a nebula known as Herbig-Haro 22 which is seen here as a "smoky cloud" covering part of the bright new object. A number of other reddish Herbig-Haro starforming areas can be seen, the most prominent near bottom center.  The nebulosity towards the top is part of NGC 2064.  The McNeil nebula strongly reminds of Hubble's Variable Nebula NGC2261 .  North is up in this 10x15 arcmin field.
Exposure LRGB 90:30:30:30 min @ -13°C  - RGB binned 2x2
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW-8 with Astronomik Type II filter set.
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 13Feb2004 - 03:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 7,  Seeing 7, Temperature +17°C