IC 59 and IC 63 Nebulae

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About this Image

IC59 and IC63 are very faint nebulae in Cassiopeia near Gamma Cassiopeia, the bright 2.5 magnitude star shown in the image above. IC63 is the triangular shaped nebula pointing to Gamma Cass and the arc-shaped nebula above is IC59. They are both highlighted and eroded by Gamma Cassiopeia, but IC59 is particularly interesting in that it shows both Hydrogen emission and considerable reflection nebulosity. These nebulae are 750 light years away.
North is left.

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Technical Details


105mm TMB refractor with flattener at f/6.5

Mount Vixen SP GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M at -30C, internal filter wheel
Filters Astronomik HaRGB
Date Sep 17, 2004.
Location ITT star-party/Austria
Sky Conditions mag 6.5, high transparency, temperature 2 C, extremely humid
Exposure HaRGB= 30:30:30:30 min (15-minute sub-exposures).
Processing Image aquisition in Maxim DL 4.0; Image calibration, aligning, mean stacking, DDP and color synthesis in ImagesPlus;
Photoshop: glare reduction of gamma-Cass, color balance, Ha blended to red;