NGC 1999 - Reflection Nebula in Orion


NGC 1999 is a reflection nebula that lies approximately 1500 light years away in the constellation of Orion. It shines by the light of the variable star V380 Orionis. The small, t-shaped obstruction at the center of nebula was originally believed to be a dark nebula. However, later observations revealed that the darkness is actually open space that may have been cleared by the jets of young stars in the region.

Telescope: Takahshi TOA130 NFB
Cameras: Color: Modified Canon T4i (650D) ; ISO 1600
Ha: ST-8300 w/Astronomik 12nm filter
Mount: iOptron CEM60
Guiding: QHY 5L-II-M on 60mm guide scope
Exposures: Color: 12 @ 5 min.
Ha: 12 @ 7.5 min.
Processing:  Color Images were captured, aligned, and combined using ImagesPlus. Composite image was adjusted in Photoshop. Ha images were captured, aligned, and combined in CCDSoft. The color and Ha images were aligned in RegiStar and the composite was adjusted in Photoshop. Topas Detail and DeNoise were also applied.
Location: Taken from my backyard observatory in SE Minnesota on 2/26/22
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