M57 Hubble/Subaru 8.2 m Hawaii combination – outer ring

This image was the result of combining my Hubble image created from 2011 WFC3 data and data from the Subaru Telescope (8.2m) in Hawaii, processed by Robert Gendler.

He kindly shared the data and the final result is an astonishing image showing the outer shells of the M57 planetary nebula.

More info about this nebula can be found here.

Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and obtained from the Hubble Legacy Archive, which is a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI/NASA), the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF/ESA) and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC/NRC/CSA).



4 Responses to M57 Hubble/Subaru 8.2 m Hawaii combination – outer ring

  • Bart

    Fascinating! I’ve been recently downloading and processing raw Hubble image data too. I didn’t realize you could combine data from different sources/telescopes…how intriguing!

    Can you say how you combined the data? OR are there any online ‘tutorials’ you know of for people to reference on combining images from different sources? Is it as simple as making the images the same size and then aligning and stacking them?

    Very cool and awesome image!

    • Andre van der Hoeven

      I aligned the two images and then used a photoshop lighten layer to include the Subaru imagery… This overlays the layer and takes the lighter parts (the outer rings) from the Subaru image.

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  • [...] On the 23rd of May 2013 NASA released a new image from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Large Binocular Telescope showing the outskirts of M57, the Ring Nebula. The same dataset was used as I used for my previous processing of M57. [...]

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