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IC1805 Sky 90

IC 1805: Heart Nebula in Casseopeia

Imaged on 11/14/09
Scope: Takahashi Sky90 F4.5
Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Camera: SBIG ST-10XME
Exposures: 4 x 10 min RGB; 8 x 15 Ha
Site: Anza Borrego Desert
Temp: 40 degrees, mild winds, excellent seeing

This complex region of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds spans nearly 200 light-years. Known as the Heart Nebula, it lies about 7,500 light-years away in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way. The open cluster near the center is Melotte 15 a region containing young hot stars.

Click here to see an Ha image of Mel 15 imaged through a C-8 SCT