Eastern Section of the Soul Nebula (IC 1848) in Hydrogen-alpha

IC 1848 (also designated as Sh2-199, LBN 667, Westhout 5) is commonly known as the Soul Nebula. This is likely due to its proximity to the Heart Nebula. Other common names are the Fetus or Embryo Nebula. It lies 6,500 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia. The nebula is a vast (100 light years wide) star-forming region consisting of ionized hydrogen gas and accompanying dark nebula. It contains several open star cluster consisting of very young (i.e., one million-year-old) stars.


TS-Optics 10in. f/5 Newtonian

Cameras: SBIG ST-8300 with 12nm Astronomik filter
Mount: iOptron CEM 60
Guiding: QHY 5L II-M on 60mm guide scope

Ha: 26 @ 7.5 min. (unbinned) - total of 3.25 total hrs. for each of two frames


Images were focused, acquired, aligned, and combined in CCDSoft. The frames were aligned in Registar and combined in Photoshop. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.


Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota in October of 2018.

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