IC 410 - Nebula in Auriga

IC 410 is an emmision nebula that lies approximately 1200 light years away and spans 100 light years. Embedded in this nebula is NGC 1893, a young star cluster. Its stellar winds distort the denser, cooler clouds of gas that form the "Tadpoles" - visible at the upper left side of the image.  
Optics: Orion 10 in. f/4.7 Newtonian w/ Baader coma corrector

Ha: SBIG ST-8300M (unbinned); Astronomik 12nm Ha filter
Color: Modified Canon 550D; ISO 1600

Mount: Losmandy G-11
Guiding: SSAG autoguider on Lumicon 50mm finder scope

Ha: 20 @ 4 min.
Color: 19 @ 4 min.


ST8300 camera images were focused, converted, aligned, and combined using CCDSoft. The Canon imagese were focused using Live View and were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The two images were aligned in Registar. The composite image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Denoise applied.


This was first light for the ST-8300 camera. There was a waxing gibbous moon. Temp was 24F. Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 1/3/12. Color data added on 2/8/12. Temp was 12 F. Seeing was fair.

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