IC 1848 (Soul Nebula)

IC 1848
All Images Copyright Steve Cannistra

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Magnitude:  6.5 (open star cluster)
Size: about 60'
Distance: 6,150 light years
RA: 2h 51m 47s
Dec: 60 degrees 26' 08"

IC 1848 is a faint emission nebula located near IC1805.  It is sometimes referred to as the "Soul Nebula," presumably because of its juxtaposition with IC1805, which is also known as the "Heart Nebula".   Please click here for more information about this object.

Photographic Details:

Date:  September 20, 2004
Takahashi Sky 90 at f4.5 with field flattener/focal reducer, on the G11 Losmandy Mount.
Autoguider:  SBIG STV with e-finder.
Camera:  SXV-H9
Astronomik Ha filter (13 nm bandpass);  Type II R, G, B filter set.
Exposures:  Ha:(HaR:G:B).  18 x 5' for Ha (90 minutes total, unbinned); 5 x 4' each for R, G, and B (20 minutes total for each color), all unbinned.
Conditions:  Temperature 52 degrees F; below average transparency; average seeing; calm; many passing high, thin clouds.
No darks, flats, or bias frames used.  Alignment done in ImagesPlus.  Sigma combined using RC Sigma Reject Plug-in for MaximDL.  DDP was performed in ImagesPlus (IP).  Subsequent levels and curves adjustments in Photoshop CS (16 bit format). 
Ha was combined with RGB using the technique of Luminance Corrected RGB.

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