Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Perseus (Per)  ·  Contains:  NGC 1579
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NGC 1579 - "Northern Trifid Nebula", 


NGC 1579 - "Northern Trifid Nebula"
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NGC 1579 - "Northern Trifid Nebula"

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher Espirit 100ED Super Apo

Imaging cameras: QSI 660 WS

Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SV F60M3

Focal reducers: Starizona APEX ED .65

Software: SiriL 0.99.6  ·  Topaz Labs Topaz DeNoise AI  ·  ImagesPlus 6.5 MLUnsold Digital Imaging  ·  GIMP  ·  Regim  ·  Software Bisque The SkyX Professional

Filters: Astrodon 31mm LRGB E Series Gen 2 1.25"

Accessory: orion starshoot autoguider

Dates:Oct. 17, 2020Nov. 14, 2020Nov. 20, 2020Dec. 10, 2020Jan. 8, 2021

Astrodon 31mm LRGB E Series Gen 2 1.25": 146x180" -18C bin 1x1
Astrodon 31mm LRGB E Series Gen 2 1.25": 11x240" -18C bin 1x1
Astrodon 31mm LRGB E Series Gen 2 1.25": 45x240" -22C bin 1x1

Integration: 11.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 16.89 days

Avg. Moon phase: 16.89%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4139928

RA center: 4h 30' 9"

DEC center: +35° 16' 40"

Pixel scale: 1.293 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 286.749 degrees

Field radius: 0.999 degrees

Resolution: 4376x3428

Locations: Back Yard - New York, Pittstown, NY, United States

Data source: Backyard


NGC 1579 is a reflection and emission nebula in the constellation Perseus that is sometimes called the "Northern Trifid Nebula." I find it challenging to acquire and process a satisfactory image of this object; my first attempt back in 2012 was a dismal failure. Although I shot the subs from a location with more light pollution this time around, using a wider field of view and faster f/ratio helped quite a bit.