Imaging telescope or lens: Explore Scientific 152 mm Carbon Fiber
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO
Guiding telescope or lens: Orion 80mm Short Tube
Guiding camera: Starlight Xpress Lodestar x2
Integration: 13.9 hours
Avg. Moon age: 13.35 days
Avg. Moon phase: 71.44%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00
Astrometry.net job: 1883686
RA center: 80.620 degrees
DEC center: 33.387 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.648 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 273.513 degrees
Field radius: 0.494 degrees
Locations: Backyard Red Zone Observatory, Taylor, MI, Michigan, United States
I ended up reprocessing this. Even though I use 3nm SII and OIII filters, I think I had some gradient issues from the moon.
IC 410 is an emission nebula in Auriga 12,000 light-years away. The nearby cluster of hot blue type O and B stars, NGC 1893 illuminates the nebula and also emits fierce stellar winds that have sculpted it. What were once two thick, majestic pillars of cold gas, like the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula, have been so heavily eroded by the stellar winds that they now resemble tadpoles. The leading globules of the pillars still remain and represent the tadpoles heads. Intense radiation from the stars evaporates cold gas from the surface of the globules, ionizes it, and the stellar winds blow it back against the globules, forming brightly compressed rims. However, the stellar winds have so heavily eroded the pillars to the point where they now resemble wiggling tadpole tails, like celestial windsocks flapping in the stellar breeze.
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