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Dates & Location

February 18 - 20 2009 - 16 January 2009 SMAP site at Weed, New Mexico. Elevation 7269 ft. Lat 32.8°N Long 195.5W  

Catalogue identification

IC 410 and NGC 1893

Equipment Used Officina Stellare RC400 at 3304 mm focal length.
Paramount
ME German Equatorial Mount.
Camera SBIG ST-11000M.SBIG FW-8L Filter Wheel
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TheSky V6 Telescope control
MaxIm DL V4.53 Camera control.
 

Where it is in space

In the nonstellation of Auriga, in our Milky Way Galaxy. It is approx 12,000 light years away from Earth. The star cluster is approx 25 x 25 arc minutes across (almost the apparent size of the Moon in the sky). In this image, North is up.
Acquisition Remote session using RADMIN PC control from Ravenshead, UK.
LRGB exposures:- 120:90:90:110mins total using 10 min sub-exposures
  What it is

IC410 is the gaseous nebula surrounding the bright, hot star cluster of NGC 1893. The radiation from these hot stars pushes the gas away from them and creates the darker hole like features just above the star cluster. The "tadpoles" (seen above center) are regions of denser, cooler gas. These pockets of more dense gas slowly resist the erosive radiation from the hot stars. The high radiation slowly eats away at these pockets and the matter streams away from the stars- creating the tails seen in the image. The tails have grown to 10 light years in length.

Processing Methods

Images acquisition and telescope control with MaxIm DL V4.53  
  Data reduction and Luminence De-convolution with CCDStack. RGB colour combine in CCDStack.  
  Master RGB image and Master Lum Image finished with Photoshop CS2.