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Contains:  IC 1871, IC 1848
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IC1848 - Luminance - First Light: Skywatcher Esprit 80/400, 


            Thomas Richter
IC1848 - Luminance - First Light: Skywatcher Esprit 80/400

IC1848 - Luminance - First Light: Skywatcher Esprit 80/400

Technical card

Resolution: 3358x2536

Dates:Oct. 9, 2016

Frames:Baader L 1.25'' Filter: 17x300" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 1.4 hours

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~24

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 7.68 days

Avg. Moon phase: 53.15%

Temperature: 1.00 job: 1276546

RA center: 43.496 degrees

DEC center: 60.416 degrees

Orientation: -3.236 degrees

Field radius: 1.584 degrees

Locations: Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Bayern, Germany


This is the first light of my new telescope "Skywatcher Esprit ED 80/400".

Object description ( :

Westerhout 5 (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667, Soul Nebula) is an emission nebula located in Cassiopeia. Several small open clusters are embedded in the nebula: CR 34, 632, and 634 (in the head) and IC 1848 (in the body). The object is more commonly called by the cluster designation IC 1848.

Small emission nebula IC 1871 is present just left of the top of the head, and small emission nebulae 670 and 669 are just below the lower back area.

The galaxies Maffei 1 and Maffei 2 are both nearby the nebula, although light extinction from the Milky Way makes them very hard to see. Once thought to be part of our local group, they are now known to belong to their own group- the IC 342/Maffei Group.

This complex is the eastern neighbor of IC1805 (Heart Nebula) and the two are often mentioned together as the "Heart and Soul".



Thomas Richter
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Sky plot

Sky plot


IC1848 - Luminance - First Light: Skywatcher Esprit 80/400, 


            Thomas Richter