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Sharpless 64 and Neighborhood, 


Sharpless 64 and Neighborhood
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Sharpless 64 and Neighborhood

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses:Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX III

Imaging cameras:QSI 683 WSG8

Mounts:Paramount MyT

Guiding telescopes or lenses:Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX III

Guiding cameras:QSI 683 WSG8


Filters:Astrodon LRGB CCD Gen II E-Series

Dates:Sept. 26, 2016

Frames: 82x600" bin 0x0

Integration: 13.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 25.27 days

Avg. Moon phase: 19.21%

Basic astrometry details job: 1263639

RA center: 18h 31' 40"

DEC center: -1° 51' 32"

Pixel scale: 2.095 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.934 degrees

Field radius: 1.145 degrees

Resolution: 3147x2358

Locations: Deep Sky West Observatory, Rowe, MN, United States


This is Sharpless 64 (Sh2-64) and its neighborhood in the constellation Serpens Cauda. The star-forming Ha region Sh2-64, also known as Westerhout 40, is the red structure below the image center. But honestly, I find the surrounding nebulosity much more exciting. There is a huge maze of reflection and dark nebulae criss-crossing the whole field of view.

This is a LRGB image composed of 34 luminance and 16 red, green, and blue frames with 600 sec each, more than 13 hours in total taken at the Deep Sky West Observatory. Rather basic processing, probably one can pull out even more structure from the data.

Make sure to look at this image in full-size view.



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Sharpless 64 and Neighborhood,