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Hubble's Variable Nebula, taken by Edwin Hubble himself. He was given the honor of making the first observation on the 200" Hale Telescope on Mount Palomar. For nearly half a century it was the world's largest telescope. Mona Evans "Palomar Observatory"

Hubble's Variable Nebula (NGC 2261.) The first official photograph taken through the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory. The exposure was made by Edwin Hubble from the prime focus observing cage on the night of January 26, 1949. It's a reflection nebula illuminated by a young star known as R Monocerotis (R Mon). Mona Evans, "Palomar Observatory"