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IC 1287 in Scutum

 

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Scope: FSQ-106N at f/5, Location: Laguna Mountains, CA   30 May 2014  Camera: Atik 383L

Exposure: Exposure: 16 x 10 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block,  8 x 4 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Kappa Sigma Combine) Deep Sky Stacker, LRGB channel registration, equalization, and central gradient removal - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, RGB combine Images Plus. Luminance layering and finishing  - Photoshop. This image is a  LRGB combine with Luminance layering.  Color saturation in LAB color;    Final Image size is approximately 2667 x 2000.

North is to the left in this image. This field is the IC 1287 Region in the constellation of Scutum. IC 1287 is the dominant blue reflection nebula in the image. In addition to IC 1287 is also the open cluster NGC  6649 and the dim planetary nebula PN G020.0-00.6. The smaller, dim emission nebula LBN 73 and dark nebula TGU H217 is to the right in this field. These objects are identified in the  annotated image.  NGC 6649 is about 4,400 light years distant from Earth. Horizontal FOV is 120'.

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 18h 31m 18s Dec: -1050'00"

 

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