Object name: SH2

Designation(s): SH2, 101_LBN168,

SH-2-101/LBN168, often known as the Tulip Nebula. It looks more like a rather dead one as it is really flat for a tulip as I see it. Just out of frame near the lower right is Cygnus X-1, the first known black hole. I didn't realize it was there when I took the shot or I'd have decentered the "tulip" to the east (left) a bit and picked it up. The nebula is in Cygnus about 6,000 light-years away. Normally I add H alpha to an LRGB image but this time I added H alpha to a pure RGB image. This was processed in 2007 when I had some processing issues and was just learning Photoshop. I'd likely do it very differently today.

14" LX200R @ f/10, Ha=3x30 RGB=2x10', STL-11000XM, Paramount ME