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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Sharpless 124 (Sh2-124)

 I found unprocessed material from my HD! Back in January 2016 I shot data for the Sharpless object 124 in Northern Cygnus. Something must happen at the time since I never processed the data.

Sh2-124 is an emission nebula  in northern Cygnus at about 8.500 light years away.  It doesn’t seem to be imaged very often, and I was not able to find much additional information about it.

Sharpless 124
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Image is in mapped colors from an emission of  the ionized elements. Golden areas are from emission of sulfur and hydrogen, S-II and H-alpha, blueish areas are from ionized oxygen, O-III.

Sh2-124 in H-alpha light
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Technical details

Processing work flow

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
Celestron Edge HD 1100 @ f7 with 0,7 focal reducer for Edge HD 1100 telescope

10-micron 1000

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

Exposure times
H-alpha, 15 x 1200s = 5h
O-III, 6 x 1200s binned 4x4 = 2h min.
S-II, 6 x 1200s  binned 4x4 = 2h min.
Total 9h

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