The Butterfly nebula in Orion

Clear last night (although with a nearly full Moon) and managed to get a very seldom imaged iridescent reflection nebula appropriately named “The Butterfly nebula” in Orion.

O.K. it’s a picture of the Morpho Rhetenor butterfly wing (structural colour) but I can pretend I was actually out imaging for the first time in over a month.  It was certainly clear last night – but there was plenty of thin high cloud and the biggest light polluter in the sky made it pointless to set up 🙁

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