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Spelunking - Sh2-155 (Cave Nebula) in HAOIIILRGB, 


            Nico Carver
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Spelunking - Sh2-155 (Cave Nebula) in HAOIIILRGB

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SVQ86

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool

Mounts: Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Astromania 60mm Guide Scope

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI290MM Mini

Software: Photoshop CS6  ·  PHD2 Guiding  ·  Main Sequence Software Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Pixinsight 1.8  ·  Nikita Misiura Starnet++  ·  DC-3 Dreams Pinpoint  ·  Cartes du Ciel

Filters: Astrodon L Gen.2 E-series  ·  Astrodon G Gen.2 E-series  ·  Astrodon R Gen.2 E-series  ·  Astrodon B Gen.2 E-series  ·  Astrodon Tru-Balance 1.25" 5nm Ha  ·  Astrodon Tru-Balance 1.25" 3nm OIII

Accessory: Shoestring Astronomy EQDIR

Dates:June 3, 2019June 11, 2019June 14, 2019June 22, 2019July 1, 2019July 2, 2019July 3, 2019July 14, 2019July 15, 2019Aug. 1, 2019Aug. 9, 2019Aug. 10, 2019Aug. 24, 2019Aug. 25, 2019Aug. 29, 2019Aug. 30, 2019Sept. 16, 2019Sept. 17, 2019Sept. 18, 2019Sept. 19, 2019Sept. 21, 2019Sept. 27, 2019Sept. 28, 2019Oct. 4, 2019

Astrodon B Gen.2 E-series: 64x300" (gain: 0.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon G Gen.2 E-series: 57x300" (gain: 0.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon L Gen.2 E-series: 50x300" (gain: 0.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon R Gen.2 E-series: 59x300" (gain: 0.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon Tru-Balance 1.25" 3nm OIII: 222x300" (gain: 200.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon Tru-Balance 1.25" 5nm Ha: 297x300" (gain: 200.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 62.4 hours

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~30

Flat darks: ~30

Avg. Moon age: 15.73 days

Avg. Moon phase: 45.32%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.25

Mean SQM: 19.27

Astrometry.net job: 2977180

RA center: 22h 59' 22"

DEC center: +62° 24' 44"

Pixel scale: 2.425 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 15.367 degrees

Field radius: 1.789 degrees

Resolution: 4355x3038

Data source: Traveller


n. Spelunking: the exploration of caves, especially as a hobby

This is a two panel mosaic that I shot from June through October 2019. I also shot Near IR and SII data that I didn't end up using. Maybe some other time.

Narrowband was shot in Somerville, MA (SQM reading at zenith = 18.0 mpsas). Broadband was shot at the ATMOB Clubhouse in Westford, MA. (SQM reading at zenith = 20.17 mpsas)



Nico Carver


  • Spelunking - Sh2-155 (Cave Nebula) in HAOIIILRGB, 


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  • Spelunking - Sh2-155 (Cave Nebula) in HAOIIILRGB, 


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    Spelunking - Sh2-155 (Cave Nebula) in HAOIIILRGB, 


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Description: Annotated version


Description: A bit darker / changed reds. It looked a bit weird on certain monitors.

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Spelunking - Sh2-155 (Cave Nebula) in HAOIIILRGB, 


            Nico Carver