IC63-IC59: Gamma Cassiopeia


Gamma Cassiopeia

Object Data

Object type: Reflection/Emission Nebula
Constellation: Cassiopeia
Distance: 600 ly
Intense radiation from Gamma Cas, a massive hot blue star to the right is responsible for the glow of this hydrogen cloud as it slowly evaporates from the bombardment.  Often called the "Ghost of Cassiopeia". IC63 is an emission (center) while IC59 (upper) is a reflection nebula.

Exposure Data

Date: 08/26/ and 8/27/22
Location: Lockwood Observatory 2, Descanso,  CA
Telescope: William Optics Star 71; fl 350mm at f/4.9
Camera: ZWO ASI 294 with Astronomik Ha (6nm) and LRGB filters
Mount: Losmandy GM-8 Gemini 1
Exposure times: 24 x 15 min (6 hrs) of Ha; 12 x 5  min lum (1 hr) and 8 x 5min (40 min) each of LRGB 
Exposure time total: 9 hrs
Bin2 mode;
Cropped and reduced from original;  FOV = 104 x 119 arcmin; 
Image Scale = 2.7 arcsec/pixel



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