NGC 2392 – The Eskimo nebula


Sometimes called the Clownface Nebula, NGC 2392 is a small planetary nebula. When photographed in a powerful enough telescope, it resembles the face of a human dressed in a fur parka, hence its former name: the Eskimo Nebula. It is located about 3,750 light years away in the Gemini constellation.

It exhibits gas clouds so complex that the process leading to their formation is not yet well understood. NGC 2392 is clearly a double-shelled planetary nebula, and the gas visible around it made up the outer layers of a star similar to our sun just 10,000 years ago.

Détails techniques:

Telescope: Celestron Edge HD14 with 0.7x focal reducer
Mount: Paramount MX+
Camera: ZWO ASI 2600MM
Filters: Baader LRGB CMOS-Optimized.
Exposure: 120 x 30 seconds only so as not to overexpose the delicate internal structure
Date: February 17, 2023
Location: My backyard observatory in Ste-Sophie, Qc