IC 63 and IC 59 - Nebulae in Cassiopeia

IC 63 (upper right) and IC 59 (lower left) are a combination of reflection and emission nebulae that lie approximately 600 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia. They are shaped by the strong ultraviolet radiation emminating from the bright star Gamma Cassiopeia, which lies only 3-4 light years away (partially visible at the extreme top left of the image).

Telescope: 10 in. TPO R-C @ f/5.6 (using Astro-Physics CCDT67 reducer)
Camera: Modified Canon 650D; raw capture; ISO 1600
Mount: iOptron CEM 60
Guiding: Orion SSAG Pro on 300mm f/5 Komura lens

30 @ 5 min.


Images were focused using the camera's live view. They were calibrated, aligned, and combined in ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.


Taken from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 12/4/15.

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