Gum 23

305 second exposure. Modified Canon Digital Rebel DSLR camera.
5" f/5 refractor at prime focus.

Gum 23 is a fairly large nebula with a low surface brightness that makes it a difficult object for an 8". However it can be seen if the skies are dark. As can be seen in the image there is a mixture of light and dark nebulosity.

Colin gum was an Australian astronomer in the 1950's who made extensive photographic studies of the southern Milky Way. As a result of his research he published a catalogue of southern emission nebulae he discovered. Most of the nebulae in Gum's catalogue are small and faint, although a surprising number of them are visible in an 8" telescope under dark skies. One such object is shown here, Gum 23. Another, Gum 25, is shown here. Both objects are located in Vela not far from the Vela supernova remnent, and close to each other. Gum 23 is about 1.5 degrees north of Gum 25.

The bright star to the east (left) of Gum 23 is the 3,8 magnitude star, C velorum. It is an orange giant star, about 309 light years distant.