Meet NGC 7822. This is 29 hours of data I collected over 6 clear nights. This is a Hubble palette image (false colour).
NGC 7822 is a young, star-forming region in the constellation of Cepheus It lies about 3000 light years away above our galaxy. Inside this region is a supernova remnant – which indicates that a massive star in it has already exploded. It also contains one of the hottest stars discovered near our Sun. This star has a surface temperature of 45000 Kelvin while the surface temperature of our Sun is just 5778 Kelvin. Not only is the star super hot, it’s luminosity is about 100,000 times that of our Sun!
You can see pillars of cold molecular gas and clouds of dark dust that lie within NGC 7822. Powering the nebular glow are the young, hot stars of the Berkeley 59 cluster, whose powerful winds and radiation also sculpt and erode the dense pillar shapes.
This was imaged from the backyard using the following equipment:
Esprit 100 Triplet refractor F5.5
Moravian 16200EC CCD camera
Optolong narrowband filters (Ha, O3 and S2)
Skywatcher EQ6 mount on a Skyshed Pier
Processed in Pixinsight
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.