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Friday, December 7, 2012

A quick one, Sh2-106

This is a kind of snapshot, only one hour of H-alpha filtered light. Sh2-106 is a compact star forming emission nebula in constellation Cygnus. I was planning to shot several hours of lights fro this onae in all three bands for a RGB-colors. How ever, this is a very small nebula and it needs a good seeing to work with. Seeing has been so poor up here, that I haven't been able to finalize this work. Maybe it'll work at next Autumn season....

Sharpless 106
In Cygnus, RA: 20h 30m 51.0s Dec: +37° 24' 35 Mag: 14.5, Distance: ~2000 ly

A colorized H-alpha emission image.

Sharpless 106 (Sh2-106) is a star forming region surrounded by dust and gasses in Cygnus. The central star is approximately 15 times the mass of our Sun and about 100,000 years old. Hourglass shape is coursed by a strong solar winds and material ejected from the star. The star is close to the bottom opening of the nebula in this image which glows the brightest. There are many sub-stellar objects forming within the nebula and may result in a cluster of 50 to 150 stars someday in future. 

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
3 x 1200s exposures for the H-alpha, emission of ionized Hydrogen = 1h

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