Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405
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Flaming Star Nebula

From APOD:  Explanation: Rippling dust and gas lanes give the Flaming Star Nebula its name. The red and purple colors of the nebula are present in different regions and are created by different processes. .... The purple region's color is a mix of this red light and blue light emitted by AE Aurigae but reflected to us by surrounding dust. The two regions are referred to as emission nebula and reflection nebula, respectively... Flaming Star Nebula, officially known as IC 405, lies about 1500 light years distant, spans about 5 light years, and is visible with a small telescope toward the constellation of Auriga.

Image Details:  About 9 hours of total exposure in the core of the image.  Blend of 60 minutes (from 2012 below) color, plus 40*5min = 3.3 hr color with the Takahashi TOA 130 (a 5" APO refractor) with flattener, QHY8 CCD Camera from the 2012 Davis Mountains trip, plus 36*5 Ha, 12*5 Blue, 10*5 Green unbinned from SBIG ST-8300m (monochrome) CCD camera with the FW8-8300 filter wheel, Astrodon narrowband 36mm filters, and the Takahashi FSQ-85 telescope (no reducer),  AP 900GTO mount.  Aligned and combined in Registar, major tweaks in Photoshop CS6.  Star shrinking using Noel Carboni's actions.

Flaming Star - 3 Hours H-alpha

Here's the H-alpha monochrome version for you black and white fans ;-)  Image notes: 36*5 = 3 hours with the Baby-Q at f5 on the SBIG ST-8300m from the the 2012 Davis Mountains trip, see image above.


Flaming Star - Subtle 2010 Davis Mountains Version

Notes: The image above is from the Fall 2010 Davis Mountains trip, only 12*5 minute = one hour total exposure.  I was hoping for more exposure time but the weather didn't cooperate and I had to discard a lot of images.  Compare with the DSLR image from the HAS site, below. In 2013 this image became part of the 9 hour version at the top of the page.  The Takahashi TOA 130 (a 5" APO refractor) with reducer, and Astro-Physics AP 900GTO mount, QHY8 CCD Camera & normal workflowDecember 2010 from the Davis Mountains. 


IC 405: The Flaming Star Nebula

24x4 minute exposures (96 minutes total exp).   Takahashi TOA 130 (a 5" APO refractor) and Canon EOS D20aThe rest of the images from this 2006 HAS night...

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