Star Forming Nebula in Cygnus

RA: 20h 30m 51.0s Dec: +37 24' 35 Mag: 14.5, Size: 2 ly long x 1/2 ly wide, Distance: 2000 ly

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   Sharpless 2-106 is a star forming region surrounded by dust and gasses in the constellation Cygnus. The nebulas central star, which is approximately 15 times the mass of our Sun and about 100,000 years old, is responsible for the hourglass shape due to strong winds that are in excess of 200 km/sec and material ejected from the star. The star is close to the bottom opening of the nebula in this image which glows the brightest. Further research indicates that there are many sub-stellar objects forming within the nebula and may result in a cluster of 50 to 150 stars someday.

Location & Date Backyard, Abbott Observatory - Aug 21, Sept. 6-8 2010
Temperature - High 60's F
Telescope Deep Sky Instruments RC10C , F/7.3, Losmandy G11 Gemini, Prime Focus, Image scale 0.82 arcsec/pixel
Camera SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW8, AO8
Baader LRGB AR Filters
CCD temp -15C
Exposure Times (Ha) 34x10 (L) 19x10 (R) 9x10 (G) 9x10 (B) 9x10 Minutes, Bin 1x1
Other Information Image planning - CCD Navigator
Image acquisition/focus/guiding/dither - CCD Autopilot4 w/CCDSoft/TheSky6/PinPoint
Image Processing * CCDStack- Calibration, Normalize, Alignment, Mean Combine, 2X Upscaled during Deconvolution, DDP
* Adobe CS4 - Ha+LRGB combine, Levels, Curves, Sharpening, NR, JPEG conversion

© 2010 Michael A. Siniscalchi