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IC 410 - The Tadpoles

IC 410 - The Tadpoles

Date: 1/3/2011, 1/4/2011
Target: IC410
Orion 8" f/4.9
Multi-Purpose Coma Corrector
JMI EV-1n Focuser
Resurfaced: Spectrum Coatings Max "R" (EAL)
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Filter: IDAS LPS
Exposures: RGB: 48x300s (4.0h) @ ISO1600
Ha: 20x600s (3.3h) @ ISO1600
Framing: North is Up
Location: Mocksville, NC
Seeing: 3/5
Transparency: 3/5
Start Time: 9:00PM
End Time: 3:00AM
Captured with Nebulosity, stacked using DeepSkyStacker, processed in Photoshop.

Third Place: Orion Telescopes 2011 StarShoot Photo Contest

Anacortes Telescope and Wild Bird Picture of the Day January 6, 2011

Winner: Astrophoto Gallery January 2011

Winner: Cloudy Nights Intermediate Challenge, January 2011

Dusty emission nebula IC 410 lies about 12,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Auriga. The cloud of glowing 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, bright cluster stars are seen just below the prominent dark dust cloud near picture center. Notable near the 10 o'clock position 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.