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Sharpless 64 and Neighborhood

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX III

Imaging camera: QSI 683 WSG8

Mount: Paramount MyT

Guiding telescope or lens: Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX III

Guiding camera: QSI 683 WSG8

Software: PixInsight

Filter: Astrodon LRGB CCD Gen II E-Series

Resolution: 3147x2358

Dates: Sept. 26, 2016

Frames: 82x600"

Integration: 13.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 25.27 days

Avg. Moon phase: 19.21% job: 1263639

RA center: 277.918 degrees

DEC center: -1.859 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.095 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.934 degrees

Field radius: 1.145 degrees

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.




Sky plot

Sky plot


Sharpless 64 and Neighborhood,