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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
A start of the new imaging project.
I'll shoot other two emission channels, needed for a color image, as soon as the weather allows.
in constellation Perseus
NGC 1491 in H-alpha emission light
A detail from the center of the image above
A popular shape in our local universe
While processing the image, I noticed a familiar shape in the center portion of the image.
It seems to repeat itself in various targets. My guess is, that it's coursed by the solar wind from the open cluster usually locates in center of the emission nebula of this type.
A collection of targets with same type of shapes as can be seen in center of the this new image.
The top most two images are from NGC 1491.
Processing work flow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.
Optics, Meade LX200 GPS 12" @ f5
Guiding, SXV-AO, an active optics unit, and Lodestar guide camera 5Hz
Image Scale, ~0,8 arc-seconds/pixel
21 x 1200s exposures for the H-alpha, emission of ionized Hydrogen = 7h
An experimental starless image
A starless image to show only the actual nebula