NGC 281
The Pac-man Nebula

30 minutes exposure, Kodak Ektachrome 400 film.
5" f/5 refractor at prime focus.

NGC 281 is a rather faint emission nebula and open cluster in Cassiopeia, situated about 3 degrees east of the bright star alpha cassiopeiae. (Just out of the image to the right). It is seen with some difficulty in a 10" telescope.