Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Perseus (Per)  ·  Contains:  B203  ·  B205  ·  NGC 1333  ·  NGC1333  ·  VdB12  ·  VdB13
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            Vincent Savioz
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            Vincent Savioz
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Imaging telescopes or lenses: TS-Optics TS 100 Quadruplet

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM-C

Mounts: SkyWatcher EQ6 PRO GOTO

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 80/400

Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot autoguider

Software: PHD Lab PhD 2 Guiding  ·  Pleyades Astrophoto PixInsight Ripley  ·  Main Sequence Software SGPro  ·  Photoshop

Filters: Astrodon R Gen.2 E-series 36mm  ·  Astrodon G Gen.2 E-series 36mm  ·  Astrodon B Gen.2 E-series 36mm  ·  Astrodon L Gen.2 E-series 36mm

Accessory: PrimaLuceLab Sesto Senso focuser  ·  ScopeDome 3M  ·  ZWO Filterwheel EFW 7x 36mm

Dates:Oct. 18, 2020Oct. 19, 2020

Astrodon B Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 50x120" (gain: 76.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon G Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 50x120" (gain: 76.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon L Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 150x120" (gain: 76.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon R Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 50x120" (gain: 76.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 10.0 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~30

Bias: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 2.53 days

Avg. Moon phase: 7.39%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Temperature: 5.00

Astrometry.net job: 3961637

RA center: 3h 27' 48"

DEC center: +31° 15' 1"

Pixel scale: 1.346 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 88.590 degrees

Field radius: 1.068 degrees

Resolution: 4588x3406

Locations: Home Observatory, Ayent, Valais, Switzerland

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


NGC 1333 is a reflection nebula located in the northern constellation Perseus, positioned next to the southern constellation border with Taurus and Aries. The nebula is visible as a hazy patch in a small telescope, while a larger aperture will show a pair of dark nebulae designated Barnard 1 and Barnard 2. It is associated with a dark cloud L1450 (Barnard 205). Estimates of the distance to this nebula range from 980–1,140 ly (300–350 pc).
This nebula is in the western part of the Perseus molecular cloud and is a young region of very active star formation, being one of the best-studied objects of its type. It contains a fairly typical hierarchy of star clusters that are still embedded in the molecular cloud in which they formed, which are split into two main sub-groups to the north and south. Most of the infrared emission is happening in the southern part of the nebula. A significant portion of the stars seen in the infrared are in the pre-main sequence stage of their evolution.
Source: Wikipedia

I must admit, dark nebulae are one of the hardest deep-sky objects to process. These dust patches are such a pain to enhance. I needed several iterations and countless hours of YouTube tutorial to reach this result. Obviously, there’s still plenty of room for improvement, but I’m overall petty happy.

To process this image, I mainly used two tutorials/techniques. The first is a YouTube tutorial called “Hytham's Dark Dust Tutorial”, in which we follow a complete workflow of the Iris Nebula. The goal is to enhance dark structures in the image using wavelets and histograms. The second technique is the famous Adams Block’s Star De-emphasis, which helped me keeping the stars under control.

As always, your advice and criticism are welcome!


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            Vincent Savioz