IC2177 The Seagull Nebula

IC2177 is a large nebula, often refered to as the Seagull nebula because of its shape, lies on the border between Monoceros and Canis Major ans is some 3700 light years distant. The “wing span” itself is 100 light years across. It is situated near Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

This image consists of 8 x 1200s sub exposures through an Ha filter and 200mm f2.8 Canon lens with an Atik 460EX CCD camera.