The Heart Nebula (IC1895) 10-23-15
The Heart Nebula (IC1805), capture in H-Alpha. This is my first attempt at trying to capture this faint and elusive nebula in the Constellation Cassiopeia, that is around 7500 light years away from us. Even using my smallest refractor, at 80mm, I couldn't get the whole nebula in a single frame. Using a focal reducer/flattner would have certainly helped. This shot is composed of three separate captures, and doesn't represent a lot of narrowband data, by NB standards. Using my Orion ED80T on an Atlas AZ/EQ-G mount, with an Orion 50mm/Starshoot camera for guiding. Capturing camera was a Atik 460EX mono, using an Astrodon 3nm Ha filter. Did a total of 15x15min(3hrs45min) captures divided between the three combined frames. Post processing was done using Pixinsight, ImagesPlus and Photoshop CS6. Seeing and transparency were poor, as I had to deal with the moon, which was 12 days old and 83% illuminated. This reflects in the lack of significant contrast in my shot. I will try to continue to build on this data in the future, under better sky conditions.