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Monday, November 26, 2012

IC 5146

This is a start of the imaging project. I shot 9 x 1200 s. (3h) H-alpha light for this emission nebula. IC 5146 , the Cocoon Nebula, is a star formation area and  locates in constellation Cygnus at distance of about 4000 light years. There is a reflection component but due to narrowband technique used, it's not visible in this Hydrogen emission image. I'll shoot other cahnnels, S-II and O-III, for this later. 

IC 5146, the Cocoon Nebula
In constellation Cygnus

Image shows the emission of ionized Hydrogen

Technical details:

Processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Levels and curves in PS CS3.

Optics, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f5
Camera, QHY9
Guiding, SXV-AO, an active optics unit, and Lodestar guide camera 8Hz
Image Scale, ~0,8 arc-seconds/pixel
9 x 1200s exposures for the H-alpha, emission of ionized Hydrogen = 3h

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