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Contains:  IC 1848, IC 1871, IC1848, Sh2-198, Sh2-199, Sh2-201
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The Soul Nebula - IC 1848, 


            Kurt Zeppetello
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The Soul Nebula - IC 1848

Technical card

Dates:Oct. 18, 2017Oct. 20, 2017

Frames: 56x180" ISO1600

Integration: 2.8 hours

Darks: ~6

Flats: ~12

Bias: ~10

Avg. Moon age: 14.48 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.14%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.50

Temperature: 15.00 job: 1795656

RA center: 2h 54' 59"

DEC center: +60° 19' 7"

Pixel scale: 1.834 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -165.567 degrees

Field radius: 1.556 degrees

Resolution: 5044x3440

Locations: Happy Frog Observatory, Monroe, Connecticut, United States; Boothe Memorial Park, Stratford , Connecticut, None

Data source: Backyard


Here is the completed version.

The Soul Nebula (a.k.a. IC 1848) can be found in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia. According to Greek mythology Cassiopeia is the vain wife of a King who ruled the region around the upper Nile river. Located about 6,500 light years away, the Soul Nebula spans about 100 light years and is a neighbor to the Heart Nebula (IC 1805). The image appears mostly red due to the emission of a specific color of light emitted by excited hydrogen gas (Source APOD Feb 28, 2016).

I imaged the Soul Nebula for three consecutive nights last week. The first night was excellent seeing conditions but I had autoguiding problems in the beginning of the evening so I used up a lot of imaging time. Still I was able to use 33 x 180 second exposures. In addition, I used flats after the imaging session using the light box as described in the previous post. I had over 3 hrs worth of data on the second night, unfortunately very high thin clouds made all of the data useless. I collected over an hour of data on the 3rd night after our regular open astronomy session with Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society at Boothe Park. The conditions were good, for Stratford, however, I was unable to take flats because I forgot the light box controller. I thought about driving back with the camera attached but decided that was a bad idea. Oh well!



Kurt Zeppetello
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The Soul Nebula - IC 1848, 


            Kurt Zeppetello