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.

Imaged with:
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

Moravian G3 16200EC CCD w/ 5 position FW

William Optics Zenithstar APO refractor telescope

QHY168C 16mp cooled cmos camera

Optolong L-R-G-B 2″ filters

Optolong L-eNhance filter

Optolong L-pro filter

Triad Quadband Ultra Filter

Skywatcher EQ mount

Skywatcher Star Adventurer

Pegasus Astro Focus Cube


Orion Starshoot Autoguider

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