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IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula HaHaGB (2020), 


            Kurt Zeppetello
IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula HaHaGB (2020)
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IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula HaHaGB (2020)

Technical card

Dates:Jan. 2, 2020Jan. 6, 2020Jan. 16, 2020

ZWO B 1.25" optimized for ASI1600: 38x90" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
ZWO G 1.25" optimized for ASI1600: 40x90" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
ZWO Ha 7nm 1.25": 86x180" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1
ZWO R 1.25" optimized for ASI1600: 37x90" (gain: 139.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 7.2 hours

Darks: ~12

Flats: ~15

Bias: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 12.72 days

Avg. Moon phase: 61.76%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Temperature: -4.00

Basic astrometry details job: 3214111

RA center: 5h 16' 2"

DEC center: +34° 16' 19"

Pixel scale: 1.205 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 11.337 degrees

Field radius: 0.932 degrees

Resolution: 4402x3414

Locations: Happy Frog Observatory, Monroe, Connecticut, United States

Data source: Backyard


This is the image of the Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405) I was planning on originally doing, however, only having clear nights on moon-filled nights prevented this me doing this so I went with the narrowband (Ha-SII). In this version the blueish star in the center of the image (AE Aurigae), a runaway star originally ejected from the Orion region millions of years ago and responsible for the emission nebula, shows its brightness very well. One my favorite parts of this image is the blueish trails emanating from AE Aurigae, I was unable to get them from my image from two years ago. They are comprised of carbon rich dust and reflect blue light emanating from AE Aurigae.

This version is more true to the natural color than the narrowband image from a couple of weeks ago, hence, it is more commonly captured this way. I cropped this one a bit more as I removed one the bright stars was closer to the edge in this version so I just cropped it out.

If it seems like it takes me longer than most to produce images your quite right. In addition to bad weather - many of us have that, I have a poor field of view (FOV). The following video link shows my FOV: Link to Video of FOV



Kurt Zeppetello
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IC 405 - Flaming Star Nebula HaHaGB (2020), 


            Kurt Zeppetello

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