Best of AOP - Diffuse Nebulae

IC 2162

These glowing clouds of gas have young and bright stars in their centers which cause the gas to emit red light. Cool gas and dust in these clouds also cause the dark lanes and filaments by blocking background sources of light. These relatively small clouds are located in the constellation of Orion (but closer to the border of Gemini) towards the outer spiral arm of our galaxy. Note the large diffuse nebula on the right edge of the image.

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Last Updated: 07-Jun-2014

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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.

One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was applied to the luminance image.

Image taken during poor seeing and high thin clouds/haze.

Luminance = 90 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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