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Contains:  IC 1848, IC 1871, IC1848, Sh2-198, Sh2-199, Sh2-201
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Westerhout 5 (Soul Nebula) panel 2x1 in HST (SII/Hα/OIII), 


            Jose Carballada
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Westerhout 5 (Soul Nebula) panel 2x1 in HST (SII/Hα/OIII)

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Dates:Aug. 24, 2017Oct. 24, 2017Sept. 23, 2018Sept. 24, 2018

Astrodon HA 36mm - 5nm: 104x300" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium Ha 1.25" 7nm: 59x180" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium OIII 1.25" 8.5nm: 25x180" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium SII 1.25" 8nm: 24x180" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 14.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 8.65 days

Avg. Moon phase: 56.43% job: 2316627

RA center: 2h 54' 58"

DEC center: +60° 22' 4"

Pixel scale: 2.937 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -1.020 degrees

Field radius: 1.587 degrees

Resolution: 3217x2198

Locations: Berga Resort, Berga, Barcelona, Spain

Data source: Backyard


Westerhout 5 (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667, Soul Nebula) is an emission nebula located in Cassiopeia. Several small open clusters are embedded in the nebula: CR 34, 632, and 634 (in the head) and IC 1848 (in the body). The object is more commonly called by the cluster designation IC 1848.

Small emission nebula IC 1871 is present just left of the top of the head, and small emission nebulae 670 and 669 are just below the lower back area.

The galaxies Maffei 1 and Maffei 2 are both nearby the nebula, although light extinction from the Milky Way makes them very hard to see. Once thought to be part of the Local Group, they are now known to belong to their own group- the IC 342/Maffei Group.

This complex is the eastern neighbor of IC1805 (Heart Nebula) and the two are often mentioned together as the "Heart and Soul".

(description credits: Wikipedia)

Original image at 6433px x 4395 px (downsampled and uploaded at 50%)



Jose Carballada
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons


  • Westerhout 5 (Soul Nebula) panel 2x1 in HST (SII/Hα/OIII), 


            Jose Carballada
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    Westerhout 5 (Soul Nebula) panel 2x1 in HST (SII/Hα/OIII), 


            Jose Carballada

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Westerhout 5 (Soul Nebula) panel 2x1 in HST (SII/Hα/OIII), 


            Jose Carballada