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Contains:  IC 1871, IC 1848
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Sh2-199 - The Soul Nebula, 


            Michel Makhlouta
Sh2-199 - The Soul Nebula

Sh2-199 - The Soul Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 4368x3303

Dates:Oct. 7, 2019Oct. 9, 2019Oct. 19, 2019

ZWO 31mm Ha 7nm: 87x300" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
ZWO 31mm OIII 7nm: 97x300" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
ZWO 31mm SII 7nm: 92x300" (gain: 130.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 23.0 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~200

Avg. Moon age: 13.32 days

Avg. Moon phase: 73.98%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00 job: 3024003

RA center: 2h 54' 47"

DEC center: +60° 22' 4"

Pixel scale: 2.012 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 358.754 degrees

Field radius: 1.530

Locations: Home, Batroun, North, Lebanon

Data source: Backyard


The Soul Nebula, located approximately 7,500 light-years from Earth, is about 100 light years across and has an estimated age of 1 million years.

It contains several small open stars clusters. IC 1848 is embedded in the body of the nebula, while the clusters CR 34, 632 and 634 can be seen in the head. Small emission nebulae IC 1871, 670 and 669 are located just next to the Soul Nebula.

It is also known as the Embryo nebula, which I think is more fitting. My imaging setup is back on my balcony, which is tolerable again now that the temperature and humidity have finally dropped. Although the field of view is very limited, it does allow me to image whenever we have a clear night.

Comments and feedback are always appreciated.

Clear Skies!



Michel Makhlouta
License: None (All rights reserved)

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Sh2-199 - The Soul Nebula, 


            Michel Makhlouta