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  • Writer's pictureKevin Hearn

Flaming Star Nebula comes to light 17th-23rd Jan 2022

With the new Stella Mira ED90 all ready to go the first clear spell and I set everything up to capture the Flaming Star Nebula in Narrowband.

Using my ATIK460 Mono Camera and Atik Filter Wheel attached to the ED90 the process of capturing the data began on 17th January and completed on 23rd January. A total of 10.5 hours imaging I captured 16 images each using HA and Sii Filters (900 sec per image) with camera sensor cooled to -10 degrees, and 10 images (900 sec per image) using Oiii Baader Narrowband Filters.

As always the data got stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processing in Photoshop CS5 to create the completed image. I am very pleased with the new scopes capability and nice sharp stars all across the image. I had a few issues with getting the Pegasus Auto Focuser to run correctly, nothing to do with the scope, just technical issues that you have to overcome with astrophotography. All sorted now.

IC 405 also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31 is an emission and reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga north of the celestial equator, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. It shines at magnitude +6.0. It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae and is located near the emission nebula IC 410, the open clusters M38 and M36, and the K-class star Iota Aurigae. The nebula lies about 1,500 light-years away from Earth. It is believed that the proper motion of the central star can be traced back to the Orion's Belt area. The nebula is about 5 light-years across.

Image : IC405 Flaming Star Nebula Copyright K.Hearn

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