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IC 59, IC 63 and Gamma Cas

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IC 59 (upper) and IC 63 nebulae lie about 600 light-years distant. They are slowly dissipating under the influence of ionizing ultraviolet radiation from hot, luminous star gamma Cas. Gamma Cas is physically located only 3 to 4 light-years from the nebulae. In fact, slightly closer to gamma Cas, IC 63 is dominated by red H-alpha light emitted as the ionized hydrogen atoms recombine with electrons. Farther from the star, IC 59 shows proportionally less H-alpha emission but more of the characteristic blue tint of dust reflected star light.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Orion Optics UK CT8
Imaging cameras: SBIG ST-8300C, 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 OIII 8.5nm, Baader Planetarium 7nm H-Alpha, Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Accessories: Celestron Radial Guider
Dates: Oct. 26, 2013, Oct. 31, 2013, Nov. 8, 2013
Frames:
Baader Planetarium 7nm H-Alpha: 20×900″ bin 1×1
Hutech IDAS LPS-P2: 15×300″ bin 1×1
Baader Planetarium OIII 8.5nm: 10×900″ bin 2×2
Integration: 8.8 hours

Author: Jacek Bobowik
AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 26 June 2014

Gamma Cassiopeiae and IC 63 and IC 59 emission and reflection nebulae

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A hot, variable, and rapidly rotating star about 600 light-years distant, Gamma Cas also ionizes surrounding interstellar material, including the wispy IC 63 (left) and IC 59 emission and reflection nebulae. The two faint nebulae are physically close to Gamma Cas, separated from the star by only a few light-years.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Orion ED80T CF
Mounts: iOptron iEQ-45
Guiding cameras: Atik 314L+ Mono
Software: DeepSkyStacker, PixInsight, Artemis Capture
Filters: Astronomik OIII 12nm, Astronomik H-alpha 12nm
Accessories: kwiq guider mini guide scope
Dates: Nov. 12, 2013
Frames: 42×360″

Autor: John Leader

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI

26 January 2014

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