NGC 1579
Emission & Reflection Nebula in Perseus

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  NGC 1579 located in the constellation Perseus is a star forming area within dark cosmic dust. The central region has a warm glow of hydrogen gasses excited by the hot stars obscured by thick dust lanes and the blue regions are areas reflecting star light. This nebula is sometimes referred as the Trifid Nebula of the north. Distance from Earth is estimated to be about 2,100 light-years and is 3 light-years across.

Location & Date Backyard, Abbott Observatory - Dec 21,25,26 2008
Temperature - Low 30's F
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 LRGB Filters
CCD temp -15C
Exposure Times (L) 24 X 10, (R) 9x10, (G) 6x10,(B) 9x10 Minutes, Bin 1x1
Other Information Image acquisition/focus/guiding/dither - CCD Autopilot4 w/CCDSoft
Focus - Moonlite Motorfocus w/FocusMax
Image Processing * Images Plus 3.5a- Calibration, Grading, Normalize, Alignment, Mix Max Excluded Average Combine, R/L deconvolution, N/R, mild DDP
* Adobe CS4 - L+RGB combine, Levels, Curves, Sharpening, Cropping, NR, JPEG conversion

© 2009 Michael A. Siniscalchi