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Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  NGC 7822, NGC7822, Sh2-171
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Cederblad 214-NGC 7822 (100h Epsilon) SHO, 


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Cederblad 214-NGC 7822 (100h Epsilon) SHO

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi Epsilon 130d

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 1600mm-c

Mounts: Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ6GT

Software: Photoshop  ·  PixInsight  ·  APT - Astro Photography Tool v3.31

Filters: Astrodon SII 3 nm  ·  Astrodon OIII 3 nm

Accessory: Lacerta M-GEN Autoguider V2  ·  Lacerta Mfoc Motorfocus

Dates:Aug. 5, 2020Aug. 6, 2020Aug. 7, 2020Aug. 10, 2020Aug. 11, 2020Aug. 12, 2020Aug. 14, 2020Aug. 15, 2020Aug. 16, 2020Sept. 2, 2020Sept. 15, 2020Sept. 16, 2020

Astrodon OIII 3 nm: 312x300" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon OIII 3 nm: 29x300" (gain: 139.00) 200C bin 1x1
Astrodon SII 3 nm: 335x300" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 56.3 hours

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~20

Bias: ~200

Avg. Moon age: 22.19 days

Avg. Moon phase: 48.71%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00 job: 3934117

RA center: 0h 2' 57"

DEC center: +67° 45' 47"

Pixel scale: 2.599 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 89.759 degrees

Field radius: 1.442 degrees

Resolution: 3186x2413

Locations: new home backyard, Preetz, 18km far away from Kiel, Germany

Data source: Backyard


Hey guys and girls,

This recording is a project by Frank Breslawski and Me.
In February of this year, I saw Frank take part in a project where several astrophotographers photographed a galaxy as a joint project. The exposure time and the resulting image impressed me greatly.
I asked Frank if I could participate in the next joint project.
But since in the near future, such a thing was not meant, he asked me if we both want to record something together. There was an idea floating around in his head.
100 hours exposure time with the Epsilon 130ed :D
Well, I thought, why not.
I wanted to start a cooperation work for a very long time, but somehow it never worked out, or you didn't want to.
We arranged for August to start recording.
So I still had plenty of time to prepare my newly acquired Epsilon for it.
Unfortunately, I did not manage to adjust the Epsilon for the ASI 1600 100%. It mercilessly shows you every little de-adjustment!
Nevertheless, we decided to start the exposure at the beginning of August.
In August, the nights get longer again and the weather is still stable before the autumn months.
So such a time window has to be used.
Frank picked up the Ha frames I took care of SII and OIII.
The Ha and SII data was planned to collect data even at full moon and OIII only at new moon.
This worked out pretty well!
Such an undertaking of 100 hours exposure time is really a heavy load for people and equipment. It wasn't all like a string.
In the electronics seat definitely a ghost, APT hung up with me one night, a reboot of the laptop was done thanks to Microsoft Edge on another night, sudden rising cloud bands and aerosols from the california wildfires made it difficult to get the picture. In the end Frank broke his camera after 44 hours! We took pretty much everything that goes with you.
This project showed me again what we are actually doing here! And under what adversity we gain our image data and what you sacrifice to create beautiful pictures.
That's why I take my hat off to everyone, whether professional or beginner. All pictures deserve respect!
The planned were 50h Ha, 25h OIII and 25h SII.
Since the 50 hours of Ha could no longer be reached, OIII and SII were exposed accordingly longer to achieve the target of 100 hours.
It really suited the 100 hours to get full until the last evening and we were really very happy and relieved to have achieved this goal.
The result is a really deep picture of Cederblad 214/NGC 7822.
We will tackle next year, if it suits again a project together.
Working with Frank was super fun! Thank you again for this experience and I look forward to the next project!
We hope you like the picture of Cederblad 214 / NGC 7822.

In the technical card I could only store the information of the exposures I made. Here is the complete overview:

* Image Acquisition (Florian Pieper)
SkyWatcher EQ6-AZ + Epsilon 130D + Asi1600mm-c + Astrodon SII,OIII 3mn

08/05 SII 51x300s
08/06 SII 53x300s
08/07 SII 56x300s
08/10 SII 58x300s
08/11 SII 60x300s
08/12 SII 57x300s
08/14 OIII 44x300s
08/15 OIII 50x300s
08/16 OIII 66x300s
09/02 OIII 77x300s
09/15 OIII 29x300s
09/16 OIII 75x300s

Exposure time 56.3 hrs

* Image Acquisition (Frank Breslawski)
10 Micron GM3000 HPS + Epsilon 130D + Astrel 8300 + Astronomik Ha 6nm

07/29 Ha 24x600s
07/30 Ha 29x600s
07/31 Ha 22x600s
08/04 Ha 31x600s
08/05 Ha 31x600s
08/06 Ha 30x600s
08/07 Ha 28x600s
08/08 Ha 11x600s
08/10 Ha 18x600s
08/18 Ha 31x600s
08/28 Ha 9x600s

Exposure time 44.0 hrs

* Overall Integration Time
Total: 100.3 hrs
H-Alpha: 44.0 hrs
OIII: 28.4 hrs
SII: 27.9 hrs

Here you can also find Frank's version
Cederblad 214 - SH2-171 - NGC 7822 (SHO with 100 hrs integration time)

And here you find my Bicolor version
Cederblad214-NGC7822 (100h Epsilon) Bicolor

Hot, young stars light up the cosmic pillars of gas and dust of Cederblad 214 and NGC 7822. This huge glowing star-forming region, also known as Sh2-171, is located on the edge of a huge molecular cloud in the northern constellation of Cepheus and is about 3000 light years away. Inside the left nebula (Cederblad 214) is the very young star cluster Berkeley 59. This star cluster was only formed a few million years ago.
The energetic radiation of the hot stars creates huge winds that form the dense pillars inside the nebula. Stars could still form inside the pillars due to the gravitational collapse. The right part of this nebula region is called LBN 587. This emission nebula has a lower brightness than Cederblad 214. However, it seems to belong to the entire nebula complex.



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    Cederblad 214-NGC 7822 (100h Epsilon) SHO, 


    Cederblad 214-NGC 7822 (100h Epsilon) SHO, 


    Cederblad 214-NGC 7822 (100h Epsilon) SHO, 


    Cederblad 214-NGC 7822 (100h Epsilon) SHO, 




Description: Ha from Cederblad 214 (recorded by Frank)


Description: OIII Starless


Description: SII-Starless

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Cederblad 214-NGC 7822 (100h Epsilon) SHO, 



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