Stacks Image 662

Beacons in the dust

About this object

This is a wide field image of a very dusty region in the Constellation Perseus centered on the reflection nebula NGC 1333. Galatic dusk can be seen throughout the image dimming and blocking starlight within the dusty areas. NGC 1333 is part of the Perseus OB2 molecular cloud complex and is an active star forming area. Around NGC 1333 is blue reflection nebula and near it, red emission nebula shining through the dust like a beacon on a foggy night. Several other reflection nebula can be seen as the starlight causes these areas to glow blue. Another area of interest is the yellowish reflection nebula around the star HD 21110 near the lower center part of the image. This star, a K2III giant glows yellowish and lights up the dusty area near it in a yellowish color.

Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SVQ100 f5.8 astrograph
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: SBIG STL 11K
  • Filters: SBIG LRGB filter set
  • Exposure: L: 300min R: 180min G:180min B: 230min
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 4.56, CCD Commander
  • Processing: CCD Stack, PixInsight 1.8 RC7, Photoshop CS6
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: Jan 14
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