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Heart and Soul Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Takahashi FSQ106EDX

Imaging camera: FLI Ml 16803

Mount: Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO

Guiding telescope or lens: Celestron Finderscope 9x50

Guiding camera: Orion SSAG

Focal reducer: Takahashi .73X Reducer QE

Software: Main Sequence Software Sequence Generator ProPixInsightPhotoshop CS6

Filter: Ha 5nm

Accessory: FLI CFW-4-5 50mm Square

Resolution: 3943x3756

Dates: Aug. 13, 2013Aug. 22, 2013Sept. 16, 2013Sept. 23, 2013

Ha 5nm: 38x1200" -20C bin 1x1
Ha 5nm: 4x1800" -20C bin 1x1
Ha 5nm: 12x900" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 17.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 13.27 days

Avg. Moon phase: 76.99% job: 170288


This one was surprisingly hard to process. I must have gone through at least 15 iterations before I finally settled on this particular one.

I used many other images as a frame of reference and what stood out most to me was the amount of signal (Ha) in certain regions of the image that was not present in other images around the net. I was nearly convinced that I had made some sort of mistake during processing, but after inverting the image and looking at it more closely, it was in fact structured. Awesome!

All of your thoughts are very much welcome.





Heart and Soul Nebula, Hytham