Dusty Emission Nebula in Perseus

Uploaded 12/10/10

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This nebula sits squarely in the middle of a huge dusty nebular complex and represents only the illuminated portion buried in the thickest part of the dust. The normally rosy pinks of emission are muted to a peculiar orange color by this dust, as are all of the stars inside and behind the nebula, making most of the fainter stars in this image a deep rust color as well. Only the foreground stars have their normal coloration, making for a distinctive 3D appearance. At the upper right, a faint white nebula is part of the star lit reflection nebula which permeates this region and subtle blues have been drained away by the overpowering coloration of the dust.

NGC1579 is 8 arc minutes in size and very dim visually, around 12 th magnitude.

Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian Mount: Astrophysics 1200 QMD CCD Camera: SBIG 10XME NABG with Enhanced Water Cooling Guider: Meade DSI Pro w/Lumicon Newt Easy Guider Exposure: RGB = 2.5h AstroDon RGB Combine Ratio: 1: 1.05: 1.2 Location: Payson, Arizona, Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing FWHM = 5 arcsec (Maxim DL - 10min subframe), Transparency 9/10 Outside Temperature: 35 F CCD Temperature: -30 C Image Processing Tools: Maxim DL: Calibration, deblooming (Starizona Debloomer), aligning, stacking PixInsight: Curves, Deconvolution Photoshop CS2: Curves, Color Correction, Gradient removal (Grad Xterminator), Cleanup HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS