Meet IC 1805, the Heart Nebula.
This is an image I’ve been working on for a while in the Fall here. Mostly due to weather not cooperating.
I was able to gather 21 hours of data (Hubble palette, Ha, OIII and SII narrowband) over a few clear nights in October 2019. I processed this image, what had to be 14 times, over the course of a week or so… probably being my own worst critic! Was never entirely happy with it for some reason.
The Heart Nebula, also known as IC 1805 and Sharpless 2-190, lies some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. It was discovered by William Herschel on 3 November 1787.
Skywatcher Esprit 100 Triplet F5.5
Moravian 16200EC CCD camera
Optolong filters (Ha, OIII, SII)
Skywatcher EQ6 mount / Skyshed Pier
Bortle 7/8 sky
Processed in Pixinsight
Imaged from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
My astro gear:
Skywatcher Esprit 100 F5.5 Triplet refractor telescope http://bit.ly/36w1F7Y
Moravian G3 16200EC CCD w/ 5 position FW http://bit.ly/2PL0qvK
William Optics Zenithstar APO refractor telescope http://bit.ly/2JRM1tR
QHY168C 16mp cooled cmos camera http://bit.ly/2NkkKTb
Optolong L-R-G-B 2″ filters http://bit.ly/32a9Gfu
Optolong L-eNhance filter http://bit.ly/32a9Gfu
Optolong L-pro filter http://bit.ly/32a9Gfu
Triad Quadband Ultra Filter http://bit.ly/2CbQXWh
Skywatcher EQ mount http://bit.ly/2C9lap1
Skywatcher Star Adventurer http://bit.ly/2C9Fwyi
Pegasus Astro Focus Cube http://bit.ly/2qonGow
Orion Starshoot Autoguider http://bit.ly/34z6pbh
My story began more than 40 years ago looking up at the Moon with a small collapsible telescope my Father had. Encouraged by my parents, who bought me my very own telescope, a 4.5″ reflector, I began to explore the night sky from my family home backyard. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico and Australia. Some of my images have won awards and have been featured online and in magazines.
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