Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Eridanus (Eri)  ·  Contains:  65 psi Eri  ·  66 Eri  ·  67 bet Eri  ·  Cursa  ·  IC 2118  ·  IC2118  ·  IC398  ·  NGC1720  ·  NGC1726  ·  NGC1752  ·  NGC1797  ·  NGC1799  ·  The star 66Eri  ·  The star Cursa (βEri)  ·  The star ψEri  ·  Witch Head nebula
Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
IC 2118 The Witch Head Nebula, 



    
        

            Michael Feigenbaum
Powered byPixInsight

IC 2118 The Witch Head Nebula

Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
IC 2118 The Witch Head Nebula, 



    
        

            Michael Feigenbaum
Powered byPixInsight

IC 2118 The Witch Head Nebula

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Samyang 135mm f/2

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 183MC Pro (cooled)

Mounts: Celestron CGEM DX Hypertuned

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ZWO 30F4 Guidescope

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI290MM Mini

Software: Stark Labs Nebulocity 4  ·  PixInsight  ·  Stark Labs PHD 2.6  ·  DSS

Filters: Baader UV/IR-Cut/L Filter


Dates:Jan. 18, 2020

Frames: 247x30" (2h 3' 30")

Integration: 2h 3' 30"

Avg. Moon age: 23.14 days

Avg. Moon phase: 39.48%


Astrometry.net job: 3206269

RA center: 5h 5' 25"

DEC center: -6° 58' 49"

Pixel scale: 3.839 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -137.219 degrees

Field radius: 2.670 degrees


Resolution: 2670x4236

Locations: Papago Butte, near Maricopa, AZ, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

I've always really liked this beautiful reflection nebula lit by Rigel. I have tried to image it a few times with not very much success. I thought doing this with the Samyang 135 wide open at f/2 might be the way to do it. This one is by far my best attempt at this object and despite a couple of issues that cost me about half the frames, I think it came out OK... and there are a good number of faint and fuzzies in the frame which I always find fascinating.

As always, comments/criticism always welcome and clear skies to all!

Mike

Comments

Revisions

  • IC 2118 The Witch Head Nebula, 



    
        

            Michael Feigenbaum
    Original
  • Final
    IC 2118 The Witch Head Nebula, 



    
        

            Michael Feigenbaum
    D

Sky plot

Sky plot

Histogram

IC 2118 The Witch Head Nebula, 



    
        

            Michael Feigenbaum