IC 1848, Soul Nebula

2015-11-02, Hα


45 %

Image 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 minutes
Conditions:about 5 mag, windy
Moon:50 % illuminated fraction
Location:Katzelsdorf an der Leitha, Austria
Date:2 November 2015
Remarks:small focus drift

IC 1848 object information

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.

IC1805, IC1848 location

IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg)

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