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IC 405 and IC 410








IC 405 (to the right) – the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31) is an emission/reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. To the left – IC 410, a Tadpole Nebula, which is home to a pair of intriguing structures popularly known as the “tadpoles.” These are clumps of gas and dust left over from the formation of the cluster, and are likely forming yet new stars within them. The tails of the tadpoles are caused by the radiation pressure and solar wind from the stars of NGC 1893; note how they point away from the star cluster.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Canon 70-200 f4 IS L
Imaging cameras: Canon 600 astro-modificated
Mounts: Skywatcher Star Adventurer B
Software: DeepSkyStacker,  Photoshop, Fitswork
Filters: Astronomik Clip-Filter (EOS) / CLS
Resolution: 2601×1732
Dates: Feb. 7, 2015
Frames: 67×75″
Integration: 1.4 hours
Avg. Moon age: 17.46 days
Avg. Moon phase: 91.98%
RA center: 79.593 degrees
DEC center: 34.008 degrees
Pixel scale: 5.809 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -132.561 degrees
Field radius: 2.522 degrees
Locations: My little home Observatory in Düsseldorf, Niederkassel, Düsseldorf, Germany
Author: Olli67

IC 410, Emission Nebula



IC 410 is an Emission Nebula in the constellation Auriga. Nebula has its heart – open cluster NGC 1893.

Auriga is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Located north of the celestial equator, its name is the Latin word for “charioteer”, associating it with various mythological charioteers, including Erichthonius and Myrtilus. Auriga is most prominent during winter evenings in the Northern Hemisphere, along with the five other constellations that have stars in the Winter Hexagon asterism. Because of its northern declination, Auriga is only visible as far as 34° south; for observers farther south it lies partially or fully below the horizon. A large constellation, with an area of 657 square degrees, it is half the size of the largest constellation, Hydra.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Selfmade CA300
Imaging cameras: Moravian Instruments G2-8300 FW
Mounts: Vixen Atlux
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Selfmade CA300
Focal reducers: ASA Wynne 3″ Corrector 0.95x – 3 KORRW
Software: Regim,  Nebulosity
Filters: Astronomik Ha, OIII, SII 12nm 31mm
Accessories: Eigenbau Newtonmaster
Resolution: 1246×1669
Dates: Jan. 16, 2012
Frames: 32×480″
Integration: 4.3 hours
Avg. Moon age: 21.73 days
Avg. Moon phase: 54.48%
RA center: 80.661 degrees
DEC center: 33.371 degrees
Pixel scale: 1.970 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -177.437 degrees
Field radius: 0.570 degrees
Author: Starhopper

IC 410 and NGC 1893 in the constellation Auriga

An emission nebula IC 410 lies about 12,000 light-years away in the constellation Auriga. The cloud of glowing hydrogen gas is over 100 light-years across, sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from embedded open star cluster NGC 1893. Formed in the interstellar cloud a mere 4 million years ago, the bright cluster stars are seen just below the prominent dark dust cloud near picture center. Notable near the 7 o’clock position in this wide, detailed view are two relatively dense streamers of material trailing away from the nebula’s central regions. Potentially sites of ongoing star formation, these cosmic tadpole shapes are about 10 light-years long.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Orion Optics UK CT8
Imaging cameras: SBIG ST-8300M
Mounts: Losmandy G11
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion Optics UK CT8
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar guide camera
Focal reducers: Baader Planetarium RCC
Software: Maxim DL, photoshop
Filters: Baader Planetarium SII 8nm, Baader Planetarium OIII 8.5nm, Baader Planetarium 7nm H-Alpha
Accessories: Celestron Radial Guider
Dates: Dec. 27, 2013, Dec. 30, 2013, Jan. 3, 2014
Baader Planetarium 7nm H-Alpha: 28×900″ bin 1×1
Baader Planetarium OIII 8.5nm: 27×900″ bin 2×2
Baader Planetarium SII 8nm: 15×900″ bin 2×2
Integration: 17.5 hours

Author: Jacek Bobowik
AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 24 June 2014

Downtown Auriga

Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors)

Rich in star clusters and nebulae, the ancient constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer, rides high in northern winter night skies. Spanning nearly 24 full moons (12 degrees) on the sky, this deep telescopic mosaic view recorded in January shows off some of Auriga’s most popular sights for cosmic tourists. The crowded field sweeps along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy in the direction opposite the galactic center. Need directions? Near the bottom of the frame, at the Charioteer’s boundary with Taurus the Bull, the bright bluish star Elnath is known as both Beta Tauri and Gamma Aurigae. On the far left and almost 300 light-years away, the busy, looping filaments of supernova remnant Simeis 147 cover about 150 light-years. Look toward the right to find emission nebula IC 410, significantly more distant, some 12,000 light-years away. Star forming IC 410 is famous for its embedded young star cluster, NGC 1893, and tadpole-shaped clouds of dust and gas. The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405, is just a little farther along. Its red, convoluted clouds of glowing hydrogen gas are energized by hot O-type star AE Aurigae. Two of our galaxy’s open star clusters, Charles Messier’s M36 and M38 line up in the starfield above, familiar to many binocular-equipped skygazers.

NASA APOD 13-02-2014

The Tadpoles of IC 410


Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh

This telescopic close-up shows off the otherwise faint emission nebula IC 410 in striking false-colors. It also features two remarkable inhabitants of the cosmic pond of gas and dust below and right of center, the tadpoles of IC 410. The picture is a composite of images taken through narrow band filters. The narrow band image data traces atoms in the nebula, with emission from sulfur atoms in red, hydrogen atoms in green, and oxygen in blue. Partly obscured by foreground dust, the nebula itself surrounds NGC 1893, a young galactic cluster of stars that energizes the glowing gas. Composed of denser cooler gas and dust the tadpoles are around 10 light-years long, potentially sites of ongoing star formation. Sculpted by wind and radiation from the cluster stars, their tails trail away from the cluster’s central region. IC 410 lies some 12,000 light-years away, toward the constellation Auriga.

NASA APOD 09-Jan-14