NGC 7293, the Helix Nebula

At about 700 light-years distant, the Helix is one of the closest of the stellar remnants known as planetary nebulae. It appears about half as big as the Moon in our sky. Unfortunately it's an old, highly dispersed object of low surface brightness. If it had the same high surface brightness of many other planetary nebulae, it would be easily visible to the naked eye. It is found in the constellation Aquarius. Shot with my Stowaway refractor from Capitol Reef National Park.

Image copyright by Joe Bergeron.