Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Centaurus (Cen)  ·  Contains:  NGC 5367

Image of the day 08/12/2021

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    NGC 5367 Reflection Nebula in Centaurus, 



    
        

            Niall MacNeill
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    NGC 5367 Reflection Nebula in Centaurus

    Image of the day 08/12/2021

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      NGC 5367 Reflection Nebula in Centaurus, 



    
        

            Niall MacNeill
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      NGC 5367 Reflection Nebula in Centaurus

      Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C14 Edge HD

      Imaging cameras: SBIG 16803

      Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX+

      Guiding cameras: SBIG 16803

      Software: Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Software Bisque Sky X Professional  ·  PixInsight

      Filters: Astronomik LUM 2"  ·  Astronomik RGB 2"


      Dates:July 2, 2021

      Frames: 86x600" (14h 20')

      Integration: 14h 20'

      Avg. Moon age: 22.70 days

      Avg. Moon phase: 44.12%


      RA center: 13h58m09s.878

      DEC center: -40°0359.18

      Pixel scale: 0.476 arcsec/pixel

      Orientation: -179.574 degrees

      Field radius: 0.357 degrees

      WCS transformation: thin plate spline

      More info:Open 


      Resolution: 3616x3991

      Data source: Backyard

      Description

      This is a beautiful nebula at a distance of 2050 light years in the constellation of Centaurus. Given its large size I would need a 2x2 mosaic to fit it all in, so I have just imaged the area where the reflection nebulae are manifest. Perhaps I can get the other panels next year.
      It is not difficult to see that the radiation from these hot blue stars is being reflected back by the extensive dust clouds. In some places the dust clouds curl around between us and the stars and are substantially blocking the reflected light from behind.
      A magnificent celestial vista methinks.
      Data capture: 2021-06-30 to 2021-07-02
      Lights: 14.3 hours of integration
      Luminance: 20 x 600 secs
      Red: 21 x 600 secs
      Green: 22 x 600 secs
      Blue: 23 x 600 secs
      Bias: 35
      Darks: 35
      Flats 20 per colour channel per camera change

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      NGC 5367 Reflection Nebula in Centaurus, 



    
        

            Niall MacNeill