Best of AOP - Diffuse Nebulae

NGC 1579

This diffuse nebula in Perseus makes a good substitute for the Trifid Nebula (M20) during winter. The emission portion of this gas is glowing red whereas the star with the blue clouds around it are due to scattered light (a reflection nebula). Visit the 2MASS site to see this nebula in the micron wavelengths of light. The comparison is truly fascinating.

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Last Updated: 09-Jun-2014

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16in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.4

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.

Luminance = 100 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 25 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 25 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 25 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: George and Laura Mishler/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF