Gum 25

46 minutes exposure, Kodak Ektachrome 200 slide film.
5" f/5 refractor, prime focus.

Gum 25 is a fairly small emission nebula in Vela, surrounding a short chain of 10th and 11th magnitude stars. It is situated about 1.5 degrees south of Gum 23, part of which is visible at the top of the image. Gum 25 is relatively bright and quite easy to observe with an 8" telescope under dark skies.

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. The most famous object in his catalogue is Gum 12, the Vela supernova remnent, usually just refered to as "The Gum Nebula".