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Monday, July 11, 2011

IC 1396, the scale in a sky, zoom in series in HST-palette

I have shot many targets with several focal lengths. 
Due that, I will publish some of my material as an image sets, with different field of view and detail levels.
The fractal nature of our universe stands out nicely by this way and it will make the orientation more easy.

Many times, it's difficult to understand the image scale of astronomical images.
Due that, I will add a Moon circle in some of the images to show the angular scale in a sky. 
The full Moon has an angular size of ~30 arc minutes, that's equal to ~0,5 degrees.
The full Moon

IC1396 and the "Elephant's Trunk Nebula"
In constellation Cepheus

Images are HST-palette compositions from emission of ionized elements, R=Sulfur, G=Hydrogen and B=Oxygen.
Narrowband data was used for Star colors.
Scale study of IC1396 in natural colors can be found here:
NOTE. The size of the full Moon (0,5 degrees) is marked as scale.

Images used in the series above from top to bottom

    1. A wide field mosaic of IC1396 and Sharpless 129, Sh2-129, at Left. Image is taken with a Canon FD200mm f2.8 camera lens.  
    2. A IC1396 part of the mosaic, Canon FD 200mm f2.8.
    3. Target imaged with a Tokina AT-X 300mm f2.8 camera lens. 
    4. A close up of the "Elephant's Trunk Nebula" iumaged with a Meade LX200 GPS 12" telescope, focal lenght ~2000mm
Links to an original images used in series from to to bottom

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