Celestial hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cassiopeia (Cas)  ·  Contains:  IC 1805  ·  Sh2-190
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The heart of the Heart (Melotte-15), 



    
        

            Jose Carballada
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The heart of the Heart (Melotte-15)

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The heart of the Heart (Melotte-15), 



    
        

            Jose Carballada
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The heart of the Heart (Melotte-15)

Acquisition details

Dates:
Nov. 29, 2019 ·  Dec. 2, 2019 ·  Dec. 3, 2019 ·  Dec. 23, 2019 ·  Dec. 24, 2019
Frames:
Astrodon B Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 90×60(1h 30′) (gain: 75.00) -15°C bin 1×1
Astrodon G Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 90×30(45′) (gain: 75.00) -15°C bin 1×1
Astrodon HA 36mm - 5nm: 166×600(27h 40′) (gain: 200.00) -20°C bin 1×1
Astrodon R Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 90×30(45′) (gain: 75.00) -20°C bin 1×1
Optolong OIII 6.5nm 36mm: 80×600(13h 20′) (gain: 183.00) -15°C bin 1×1
Optolong SII 6.5nm 36mm: 80×600(13h 20′) (gain: 183.00) -15°C bin 1×1
Integration:
57h 20′
Avg. Moon age:
13.98 days
Avg. Moon phase:
19.49%

RA center: 02h34m16s.31

DEC center: +61°2118.9

Pixel scale: 1.006 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 0.162 degrees

Field radius: 0.408 degrees

More info:Open 

Resolution: 1760x2328

File size: 5.2 MB

Locations: AAS Montsec, Àger, Lleida, Spain

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility

Description

This is the core part of the Heart Nebula (IC 1805, Sharpless 2-190).

The clearest part of the picture is called Melotte-15. It's an open cluster of stars, contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, and many more dim stars that are only a fraction of our Sun's mass. The complete nebula is driven by the radiation emanating from this small group of stars.

I've always been overwhelmed by these dust pillars with their energetic light and winds eroding form the open star cluster Melotte 15.

The Heart Nebula is located about 7,500 light years away.

Thiss picture has a total integration time of 57 hours acquired with narrow band and rgb filters (SHOrgb).

The Hubble narrow band palette was used with the nebula and the stars are captured in natural rgb broadband.

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