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NGC 1333 - Reflection Nebula in Perseus

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Takahashi FSQ-106N FSQ

Mount: apt1200gto AP1200

Guiding camera: QSI 583wsg

Software: CCD Autopilot 5

Resolution: 1200x896

Dates: Nov. 7, 2010

Frames: 42x600"

Integration: 7.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.40 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.19%

Astrometry.net job: 1511792

RA center: 52.321 degrees

DEC center: 31.415 degrees

Pixel scale: 5.720 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -179.374 degrees

Field radius: 1.190 degrees

Locations: ImagingInfinity Observatory, Bethune, SC, United States

Description

Although not often photographed, NGC1333 is one of the most interesting star forming regions in the sky. Still swathed in their birth cocoon of dust and gas, newly formed stars shine out through cavities and holes in the cloud eroded by the stellar winds from the nursery within. Above the star forming region is a beautiful blue reflection nebula...hydrogen gas reflecting the light of stars embedded within. Surrounding the area is a huge region of dense interstellar dust, demonstrating clearly that "empty" space is often far from empty!

NGC1333 lies at a distance of 720 light-years.

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NGC 1333 - Reflection Nebula in Perseus, Hap Griffin