2021 Michael A. Siniscalchi

Location & Date
Backyard, Abbott Observatory- Long Island, NY, November 2020
TMB130SS F/7 APO, Moonlite focuser, Losmandy G11 Gemini
Image scale 1.54 arcsec/pixel
Baader 5nm Ha SII OIII
CCD temp -15C
Ha-9x15m SII-9x15m OIII-9x15m Bin 1x1 per each 9 panel mosaic
Planning & Acquisition
Mosaic planning - Sequence Generator Pro
Image acquisition - Sequence Generator Pro w/PinPoint & PHD (guiding)
Astro Pixel Processor - Calibration, Normalize, Alignment, Combine, mosaic stitching 
Adobe CS4 - Color adjusting, Noise reduction, JPEG conversion
Mapped colors:  Ha = Green, OIII = Blue, SII = Red

Emission Nebula in Cassiopeia
RA: 2h 55m 24s  Dec: +60 24', Distance: ~6500 ly, Size: ~100 ly


What's New



Odds n Ends

  This is a multi-panel mosaic of Sharpless 2-199 also known as LBN 667, or IC1848, and commonly called the 'Soul' nebula.
Located in Cassiopeia, this nebula consists of two large star factories where radiation, dust and solar winds form the bubble shapes plus the formations of IC1871, LBN670 & LBN673. Located in the left nebula are open star clusters (Collinder Catalog) CR33 & CR34 and the right nebula, CR32. The right side bubble is also known as IC1848.

  The 9 mosaic panels were laid out using Sequence Generator Pro's mosaic planner and utilized a 10% overlap. The newly acquired software tool, Astro Pixel Processor (APP), was used to calibrate, normalize, register and integrate the 9 panels and assemble to create a seamless image. APP does an excellent job with normalizing and blending mosaic seam backgrounds which eliminates extra manual work associated with that process. Though APP can do post color processing, I found Photoshop to be my tool of choice for that part due to the powerful masks that PS provides.

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Sharpless 2-199
SH2-199  in Hydrogen Alpha (Ha)
SH2-199  in Oxygen (OIII)
SH2-199  in Sulfur (SII)