IC 417
Emission & Reflection Nebula in Auriga

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IC 417 (Sh2-234) is an open cluster emission and reflection nebula complex located in the constellation Auriga similar to NGC 1931. The nebulas HII is ionized by open cluster Stock 8. The two bright stars to the right are Phi Aur (mag 5.2) and TYC 02411-0684 1 (mag 5.9). IC 417 is referred to as the Spider Nebula and its prey is NGC 1931, the Fly.

Location & Date Backyard, Abbott Observatory - Nov 25 & 28, 2008
Temp - Low 30's
Telescope TMB 130SS Refractor, F/7 on a Losmandy G11, Prime Focus, Image scale 1.68 arcsec/pixel
Camera SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW8, AO8
Astrodon Tru Balance Filters
CCD temp -15C
Exposure Times (L) 18 x 10, (R) 6 x 10, (G) 6 x 10,(B) 6 x 10 Minutes, Bin 1x1
Other Information Image acquisition/focus/guiding/dither - CCD Autopilot V4 w/CCDSoft
Focus - Moonlite Motorfocus w/FocusMax

Image Processing * Images Plus 3.75beta 2 - Calibration, Normalize, Grading, Alignment, Min/Max Average Combine, R/L Deconvolution, N/R, mild DDP
* Adobe CS - Levels, Curves, Sharpening, Cropping, N/R, JPEG conversion

© 2008 Michael A. Siniscalchi