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Monday, February 10, 2020

Cederblad 214, the Cosmic Question mark, in visual colors

This photo was taken with my "new" imaging system. I managed to mate an old Tokina AT-x 300mm f2.8 camera optics with the Apogee Alta U16 astro camera and filter wheel. Some angle grinder was needed to have enough back focus... More info here,

This photo of Cosmic Question Mark has a great symbolic value for me. The cosmic curiosity is the very reason I'm doing this difficult, and sometimes frustrating, form of nature photographing. 

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Cederblad 214 and Sharpless 170,  
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Visual palette combined from emissions of ionized elements. Red = hydrogen + 33% sulfur, Green = oxygen and Blue = oxygen + 20% hydrogen to compensate missing h-beta emission.


This cosmic question mark, in constellation Cepheus, contains following objects; At top, Cederblad 214(Ced 214) surrounded by NGC 7822, a dot like nebula at the bottom is known as Sharpless 170,(Sh2-170). Image spans over Five degrees vertically. Distance from my observatory, is ~2750 light years and it spans about 40 light years.

Orientation in the sky

Cederblad 214 can  be seen at upper left corner. Image shows its location related to constellation Cepheus.

Technical details

Processing workflow

Image acquisition, MaxiDL v5.07.
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack2.
Deconvolution with a CCDStack2 Positive Constraint, 33 iterations, added at 50% weight
Color combine in PS CS3
Levels and curves in PS CS3.

Imaging optics
Tokina AT-x f2.8 camera lens

10-micron 1000

Cameras and filters
Imaging camera Apogee Alta U16 and Apogee seven slot filter wheel
Guider camera, Lodestar x 2 and an old spotting scope of Meade LX200

Astrodon filters,
5nm H-alpha 3nm S-II and 3nm O-III

Total exposure time

H-alpha, 12 x 1200 s, binned 1x1 = 4 h
O-III, 1x 1200 s, binned 2x2 = 20 min.
S-II, 1 x 1200 s. binned 2x2 = 20 min.

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