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Abell 426 Galaxy Cluster, 


            Dan Wilson

Abell 426 Galaxy Cluster

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:AG Optics 17" IDK

Imaging camera:SBIG STXL 11002M

Mount:AP1600 Astro-Physics

Guiding telescope or lens:AG Optics 17" IDK

Guiding camera:SBIG STXL 11002M

Software:TheSkyXPixinsight 1.8Maxim DL 6CCDStackCCD Autopilot 5

Filters:Astrodon 3nm SIIBlueGreenRedLuminance

Accessory:Optec Gemini Focusing Rotator

Resolution: 3922x2636

Dates:Dec. 9, 2017

Astrodon 3nm SII: 39x1800" bin 1x1
Blue: 16x900" bin 1x1
Green: 16x900" bin 1x1
Luminance: 32x900" bin 1x1
Red: 36x900" bin 1x1

Integration: 44.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 21.29 days

Avg. Moon phase: 59.05%


The main character of this cluster is the monster NGC 1275 Seyfert galaxy which, being an active feeding super massive black hole, has been emitting red luminous tendrils easily seen in the Hubble data. I tried and tried to capture these red tendrils in my data but the red channel didn't provide much of anything in the way of tendrils. I also tried Ha subs which also turned up nothing. So, still being in the red part of the spectrum, I tried the SII channel and BOOM! There were many tendrils, but different tendrils than in the HLA data! It took 19.5 hours of just SII data to get them! Enjoy!



Dan Wilson
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  • Abell 426 Galaxy Cluster, 


            Dan Wilson
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    Abell 426 Galaxy Cluster, 


            Dan Wilson


reduced background noise a little...


Abell 426 Galaxy Cluster, 


            Dan Wilson