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NGC 1579/Sh2-222

About this object

Located in Perseus and sometimes called the Northern Triffid, NGC 1579 is star forming area glowing due to a very massive young star surrounded by other new stars. This young star lights up the gas within this area. A large area of darker dust also permeates this area and can be seen faintly in the image. This dust blocks the light from many fainter background stars. This image includes data taken through a Ha filter to enhance the the Hydrogen emission areas which makes the nebula look redder than normal RGB images. Bluer reflection nebula also shine within and near the main nebula.

Image Details

  • Optics : 10"f5 Astrograph @f3.79
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: QSI 583
  • Filters: Astrodon HaRGB filter set
  • Exposure: HaRGB 660:210:240:200 Bin 2x2
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 5.18, CCD Commander
  • Processing: PixInsight
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: Dec 12
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