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IC1848 the Soul Nebula rises in the constellation of Cassiopeia in the Fall months of the northern hemisphere. This large emission nebula is often referred to along with its neighbour, IC1805 the Heart Nebula; the Heart and Soul Nebulae. This is a 15 hour image taken over a few nights in September and October. It consists of narrowband H-alpha data as well as colour data. A synthetic luminance was created using the RGB masters. IC1848 the Soul Nebula is a large star forming region. Several small open clusters are embedded in the nebula. This nebula is officially designated Westerhout 5 (also Sharpless 2-199 and LBN 667) but is more commonly called by the star cluster within it, IC1848. This emission nebula is 7500 light years from Earth.
- Skywatcher Esprit 100mm APO refractor, F5.5
- Moravian G3 16200 CCD @ -10deg
- Optolong filters Ha-R-G-B (synthetic luminance)
- Skywatcher EQ6 mount / Skyshed Pier
- 15 hours / 5min subs
- SGP, PHD, EQmod softwares for acquisition
- Pixinsight 1.8 calibration, processing
- Seeing and transparency average
- Location: Kitchener, Ontario
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.