IC1848 The Soul Nebula

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An Esprit 100 triplet APO refractor and Moravian G3-16200EC CCD camera riding on a Skywatcher EQ6 mount and Skyshed pier.

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

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