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Image of the day 06/13/2021

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    Alpha Herculis Region, 



    
        

            Adam Block
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    Image of the day 06/13/2021

    Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
      Alpha Herculis Region, 



    
        

            Adam Block
      Powered byPixInsight

      Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi Epsilon 180 Astrograph

      Imaging cameras: Apogee Alta F9000

      Mounts: Paramount MyT software bisque myt

      Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi Epsilon 180 Astrograph

      Software: PIXINSIGHT Pleiades

      Filters: Broadband RGB AstroDon Gen II


      Dates:May 7, 2021

      Frames: 240x600" (40h)

      Integration: 40h

      Avg. Moon age: 25.65 days

      Avg. Moon phase: 16.07%


      Astrometry.net job: 4571894

      RA center: 17h 9' 16"

      DEC center: +14° 14' 8"

      Pixel scale: 4.928 arcsec/pixel

      Orientation: 178.400 degrees

      Field radius: 2.858 degrees


      Resolution: 2983x2914

      Locations: Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, Tucson, AZ, United States

      Description

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      In mythology Hercules was tasked to clean the Augean Stables, wrestle and capture Cerberus (the many-headed dog that guards the underworld), kill the Stymphalian birds and much more- all of which were very dirty jobs. Apparently when the gods placed him in the sky the dirt and dust came along as well:

      This is a region of sky near Alpha Herculis (the bright reddish star on the right) which has very faint clouds of dust. The brightest portion near the bottom has no well-known name but is catalogued in the "Planck Catalogue of Galactic cold clumps." While the PCGCC doesn't have a nice ring to it, but the fact it is catalogued hints that this region is filled with molecular clouds of dust and is just outside the region where the more eye-catching nebulae glow brightly with the galactic plane looming nearby. This is my first IFN cloud (integrated flux) and likely one that hasn't been imaged before? (I honestly do not know, I could not find an example.) I hope you enjoy the subtle view!

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      Alpha Herculis Region, 



    
        

            Adam Block