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IC 1274

This nebula, full of molecular hydrogen gas, surrounds several new-born stars estimated to be only a couple of million years old. The young stars are currently in the process of ionizing and expelling the hydrogen gas; they will one day appear as a small open cluster. IC 1274 is located about 6000 lightyears away in the constellation Sagittarius.

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Last Updated: 06-Jun-2014

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Equipment

20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Two iterations of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were applied to the luminance image.

Luminance = synthetic binned 1x1

Red = 40 minutes binned 1x1

Green = 40 minutes binned 1x1

Blue = 40 minutes binned 1x1

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