The Flaming Star Nebula (IC405)

Flaming Star Nebula
All Images Copyright Steve Cannistra

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Magnitude:  10
Size: about 30' x 50'
Distance: 1500 light years
RA: 05h 16m 29s
Dec: 34 degrees 21' 21"

The Flaming Star Nebula is a mixed emission and reflection region in the constellation Auriga.   This area is rich in detail, which is especially prominent when imaging in Ha light.  Please click here for more information about this interesting nebula.

Photographic Details:

Date:  November 19, 2005.
Scope:  Takahashi FS-102 at f6 with TOA-130 focal reducer, on the G11 Losmandy Mount.
Autoguider:  SBIG STV with e-finder.
Camera:  Maxcam CM10.

Astronomiks 6nm Ha filter.
Exposures:  160 x 10' unbinned, total exposure 2.7 hours.
Conditions:  Temperature 38 degrees F, average transparency, poor seeing, calm, partly cloudy.
Post-processing:  Subs were debloomed using Ron Wodaski's Debloomer, and then calibrated and aligned in Maxim.  Combined using Maxim Sigma Clip algorithm, followed by DDP in ImagesPlus (IP).  Further processing in Photoshop CS (16 bit format).

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