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Monday, January 11, 2016
I started this imaging project at January 2015. This January 2016 I was able to shoot more exposures for this dim target to finalized my imaging project. It's always a pleasure to have the image ready after a long period of time. As usually, I compared my exposures from different years to see has anything happened up there during the year. Usually there are no difference other than seeing conditions but this time I spotted a suspected variable star in the image field. (NSV 26187) There is an animated image in this post to show the difference between the years 2015 and 2016.
Abell 85 (CTB1)
SNR G116.9+00.1 in constellation Cassiopeia, click for a large image.
emitted by an ionized elements, red=sulfur, green=hydrogen and blue=oxygen.
Abell 85 in visual colors
Please, click for a large image
Abell 85 is a very faint supernova remnant in constellation Cassiopeia. It's difficult to image with any details due to extremely low surface brightness. Abell 85 has a largish diameter, about half a degree, it has a same apparent diameter as a full Moon. The physical diameter is about 98 light years across. This SNR locates about 9800 light years from the Earth. CTB1 was originally thought to be a planetary nebula and it was included the Abell catalog of planetary nebulae under a name Abell 85. It was confirmed to be a supernova remnant by Willis & Dickel at 1971.
Suspected variable star
Processing work flow
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Deconvolution with a CCDStack2 Positive Constraint, 21 iterations, added at 25% weight
Color combine in PS CS3
Levels and curves in PS CS3.
Celestron Edge HD 1100 @ f7 with 0,7 focal reducer for Edge HD 1100 telescope
Cameras and filters
Imaging camera Apogee Alta U16 and Apogee seven slot filter wheel
Guider camera, Lodestar x2 and SXV-AOL
Astrodon filter, 5nm H-alpha
Astrodon filter, 3nm O-III
Astrodon filter, 3nm S-II
H-alpha, 21 x 1200s =7h
O-III, 9 x 1200s binned = 3h
S-II, 6 x 1200s binned = 2h