IC 1848, soul nebula

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Exposure data

Photographer:

Jürgen Stöger

Optics:

Takahashi FSQ106ED f/5 (main)
Scopos ED66 (guide)

Mount:

Fornax 51

Cameras:

Atik 383L+ (main)
Starlight SXV-M7 (guide)

Exposure:

hα=240 min

Conditions:

about 5 mag, windy

Moon:

50 % illuminated fraction

Location:

Katzelsdorf

Date:

2 November 2015

Remarks:

small focus drift

 

 

IC 1848 object data
RA: 2h51.3m
Dec: +60° 27'
Size: 40 x 10'
Distance: 7500 light years

 

The Heart Nebula, IC 1805, Sharpless 2-190, lies some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. This is an emission nebula showing glowing gas and darker dust lanes. The nebula is formed by plasma of ionized hydrogen and free electrons.

 

Westerhout 5 (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667, Soul Nebula) is an emission nebula in Cassiopeia. Several small open clusters are embedded in the nebula: CR 34, 632, and 634 (in the head) and IC 1848 (in the body). The object is more commonly called by the cluster designation IC 1848.