Heart (IC 1805) and Soul (IC 1848) Nebulae are vast star-forming
regions located approximately 7.5 thousand light years away in the
constellation of Cassiopeia - in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way.
The Soul Nebula is also referred to as the Embryo or Fetus Nebula
(more in keeping with its actual shape).
complex is 580 light years across and spans 5.5 x 3.0 degrees in
the sky, an area much larger than the full moon. It was first discovered
by William Herschel in 1787. The section he first observed was the
bright, knotty section of the Heart Nebula (seen in the upper right
corner). It has its own designation: NGC 896. There are several
open star clusters within each nebula. They contain relatively young
stars (2 million years old). Their stellar winds contributed to
the nebula's shape .
Color: Nikon 180ED @f/4
||Ha: ST-8300 w/12nm Astronomik
Modified Canon 650D Raw capture; ISO 400
|| Orion Sirius
SSAG on 50mm guide scope
Ha: 16 @ 7.5 min.
Color: 26 @ 5 min.
Ha images were focused,
captured, aligned and combined in CCDSoft. Color images were aligned
and combined in ImagesPlus. The composite images were aligned in
RegiStar and were combined and adjusted in Photoshop CS6. Topaz
DeNoise and Detail were utilized.
in southeastern Minnesota between 11/22/18 and 12/9/18.
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