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The Soul Nebula SHO with RGB Stars, 


            Terry Hancock
The Soul Nebula SHO with RGB Stars
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The Soul Nebula SHO with RGB Stars

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-130

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY600m

Mounts: software bisque Paramount ME

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Lodestar Autoguider X2

Software: PixInsight 1.8  ·  Starnet ++  ·  Adobe Photoshopc CC

Filters: Chroma Technology LRGB filters  ·  Chroma Ha 5nm, OIII 5nm, SII 5nm

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4091808

RA center: 2h 54' 51"

DEC center: +60° 24' 14"

Pixel scale: 1.198 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.667 degrees

Field radius: 1.621 degrees

Resolution: 8022x5538

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Grand Mesa Observatory


Captured recently from Grand Mesa Observatory’s System 1 using the new QHY600 60 Megapixel Full Frame Monochrome CMOS camera mounted on the Takahashi 130 FSQ that we have the honor of testing for QHYCCD.

A couple of weeks ago I posted an image of the Soul Nebula without stars as “work in progress” so here is the final result with the more natural star color made possible by inserting stars from the LRGB image into the starless image. In this Hubble Palette version (SHO) the H-Alpha is mapped to green, SII is mapped to red and OIII is mapped to the blue channel and while the colors in this image are not the true colors, the narrowband filters used in the making of this Hubble Palette image reveal much more of the hidden gasses not visible in a broadband image.
Captured over 5 nights in October and November 2020 for a total acquisition time of 23.4 hours.

7000 light-years distant in the constellation of Cassiopeia lies the emission nebula colloquially known as the Soul Nebula. The gases (mostly hydrogen) that comprise the nebula are being ionized by the stars within the region and as a result, the gases glow, much like a neon sign. The pressures exerted upon the material by the stars nearby are causing the material to become compressed. When enough of the gas becomes highly compacted, it triggers the birth of new stars. In effect, this is a beautiful snapshot of a multimillion-year process of an enormous cloud of dust and gas transforming itself into new stars.

Technical Details
Captured and processed by: Terry Hancock
Location: GrandMesaObservatory.com Purdy Mesa, Colorado
Dates of Capture October 18, 19, 21, 22, November 11th 2020
LUM 46 min 23 x 120 sec
RED 46 min 23 x 120 sec
GREEN 44 min 22 x 120 sec
BLUE 40 min 20 x 120 sec
HA 560 min 56 x 600 sec
OIII 350 min 35 x 600 sec
SII 320 min 32 x 600 sec
Narrowband Filters by Chroma
Camera: QHY600 Monochrome CMOS Photographic version
Gain 60, Offset 76 in Read Mode Photographic 16 bit
Calibrated with Dark, Bias and Flat Frames
Optics: Walter Holloway's Takahashi FSQ 130 APO Refractor @ F5
Image Scale: 1.19 arcsec/pix
Field of View: 3d 7' 41.0" x 2d 3' 5.3 (127.3 x 190.1 arcmin)
EQ Mount: Paramount ME
Image Acquisition software Maxim DL6 Pre Processing in Pixinsight Post Processed in Photoshop CC



Terry Hancock
License: None (All rights reserved)

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The Soul Nebula SHO with RGB Stars, 


            Terry Hancock