Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cassiopeia (Cas)  ·  Contains:  IC 1795  ·  IC 1805  ·  IC 1831  ·  IC 1848  ·  NGC 1027  ·  NGC 896
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Heart and Soul Panorama, 


Heart and Soul Panorama
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Heart and Soul Panorama

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: StellarVue SVX080T

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM-P (Pro Cooled Mono)

Mounts: Ioptron CEM60

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue F050G

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI178MM

Focal reducers: Stellarvue 0.74 Reducer

Software: Pixinsight  ·  Sequence Generator Pro

Filters: Astrodon 31mm 3nm SII  ·  Astrodon 31mm 3nm OIII  ·  Astrodon 31mm 3nm HA

Accessory: Optec FocusLynx

Dates:Dec. 15, 2020

Frames: 1271x180"

Integration: 63.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 0.92 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.95%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4126712

RA center: 2h 43' 53"

DEC center: +61° 12' 21"

Pixel scale: 5.577 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 356.700 degrees

Field radius: 4.021 degrees

Resolution: 4710x2182

Data source: Backyard


The Heart and Soul nebulae are located about 6,000 light-years from Earth. This is a vast star-forming complex that makes up part of the Perseus spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy. The Heart and Soul nebulae stretch out nearly 580 light-years across, covering a small portion of the diameter of the Milky Way, which is roughly 100,000 light-years across.

This is a six-panel mosaic of the Heart and Soul nebulae taken during November and December 2020 from my yard in suburban Atlanta. The frame is about 8 degrees wide (the apparent diameter of about 16 full moons). This shot is comprised of over 60 hours of exposure through HA, O3, and S2 filters.


Sky plot

Sky plot


Heart and Soul Panorama,