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Contains:  NGC 1514
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NGC1514 Crystal Ball Nebula, 


NGC1514 Crystal Ball Nebula
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NGC1514 Crystal Ball Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 3259x2410

Dates:Jan. 9, 2020Jan. 18, 2020Jan. 23, 2020Jan. 24, 2020Jan. 25, 2020Jan. 26, 2020Jan. 27, 2020

Astronomik B 1.25" Type IIc: 20x600" -10C bin 1x1
Astronomik G 1.25" Type IIc: 20x600" -10C bin 1x1
Astronomik L 1.25" Type IIc: 45x600" -10C bin 1x1
Astronomik R 1.25" Type IIc: 20x600" -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 17.5 hours

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~30

Flat darks: 0

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 14.05 days

Avg. Moon phase: 21.25%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: None

Mean SQM: None

Mean FWHM: None

Temperature: None

Basic astrometry details job: 3214148

RA center: 4h 9' 16"

DEC center: +30° 46' 37"

Pixel scale: 0.508 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.964 degrees

Field radius: 0.286 degrees

Locations: Lighthouse Observatory, Burleson, Texas, United States

Data source: Backyard


NGC 1514 is a planetary nebula that was discovered by William Herschel on November 13, 1790, describing it "A most singular phaenomenon" and forcing him to rethink his ideas on the construction of the heavens. Up until this point Herschel was convinced that all nebulae consisted of masses of stars too remote to resolve, but now here was a single star "surrounded with a faintly luminous atmosphere." He concluded: "Our judgement I may venture to say, will be, that the nebulosity about the star is not of a starry nature."
It has since been conjectured that the nebula in fact envelops a tightly orbiting binary star with a period of up to 10 days. Gas is presumably expanding away from the larger stellar component. [Source: Wikipedia]

CAPTURE Information:
The image was captured with the iOptron CEM120 mount , the venerable Meade 12"LX200 SCT, and my Atik 383L+ mono CCD at F7.16 (2182mm FL). Image subs were taken through Astronomik's filter Lum, along with R, G and B. All subs were done at 1x1 bin, -10C, at 10 minutes each.

IMAGE information -- 2020
Lum: 45 subs (7.50 hr) on Jan 11th, 18th and 26th.
Red: 20 subs (3.33hr) on Jan 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th.
Green: 20 subs (3.33hr) on Jan 24th, and 26th.
Blue: 20 subs (3.33hr) on Jan 24th, and 26th.

North is to the right (I think), and this is a slight crop due to the various movement of different subs.

This is my first run at NGC1514. The nebula is located in the southern portion of the sky. As usual I was working in between clouds and the moon.
One of the gents on the Italian Astronomical Forum, Roberto Marinoni, posted his excellent version in early January and I decided to give it a try. It came out pretty good, although the big stars are washed out. I had hoped to take some short subs to bring life back into those stars, but ran out of time.



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NGC1514 Crystal Ball Nebula,