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IC410 - The Tadpoles Nebula


Here is a photograph of the night skies taken over two nights on the 20th and 21st of January 2022. This is IC410, The Tadpole Nebula; a 100 light-year wide region of ionised gas about 12000 light-years away from earth. The “Tadpoles” that you can see are themselves ten light-years long and are considered by NASA to be sites of on-going star formation. This is a "false colour” image represnting emissions of ionised gasses Hydrogen Alpha (Ha), Oxygen 3 (Oiii) and Sulphur 2 (Sii), mapped to RGB using the “hubble palette” but tuned to increase the contrast between the channels. Taken from Light Polluted London (bortle class 8, SQM 18.45). Total of 10.5 hours of exposure: • 42 x 300s Sii • 42 x 300s Ha • 42 x 300s Oiii Hardware: • Altair 26M Pro TEC Camera • Vixen AX103S Telescope • Vixen 0.7x Flattener for AX103S • Pegasus Falcon Rotator • ZWO EFW3 Filter Wheel • Antlia 36mm 3.5nm Ha and Sii Filters • Antlia 36mm 3nm Pro Oiii Filter • DeepSkyDad AF3 Autofocuser • DeepSkyDad FP1 Flat Panel • SkyWatcher EQ6 Mount (darkframe tuned) • SkyWatcher Evoguide Guide Scope • Altair 290M Guide Camera Software: • N.I.N.A. -- Capturing • PHD2 -- Guiding • ASTAP -- Plate Solving • PixInsight — Processing


© Simon Kapadia (c)2022
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