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IC 410



IC 410: The Tadpoles in Auriga

RA= 5 hr 22 min; Dec = +33 deg 24 min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 10/23-24/17; Carlsbad, CA

Conditions: temps in the mid 60's; calm; very good seeing


Telescope: Takahashi FSQ 106 540mm at f/5

Guider: SBIG external guide camera with 400 mm refractor

Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini I
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10; Astrodon Narrowband (3nm) Ha,and Gen II RGB filters


Exposures: 2.30 hrs Ha (15 min subs), 1 hr each RGB (5 min subs) for a total of 5:50 hrs.

This faint emission nebula lies about 12,000 light-years away in the northern constellation Auriga. Doubly ionized oxygen dominates the core of this region. Notable near the 2 o'clock position in this view are two relatively dense streamers of material trailing toward the nebula's central regions. These "tadpoles" are sites of ongoing star formation. Each one is about 10 light-years long.

FOV = 96 x 65 arc minutes

12,000 light years away

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