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IC 348 in Perseus

 

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Scope: FSQ-106N 106 mm refractor  at f/5, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA  13 October 2012  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 14 x 7 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 9 x 3 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Combine), LRGB channel registration, equalization, central gradient removal - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, LRGB combine and finishing  - Photoshop. This image is a straightforward LRGB combine with Luminance layering.     Final Image size is approximately 1600 x 1200.

North is up in this image. IC 348 is a cluster with Nebulosity in the constellation of Perseus. The bright star is Omicron Persei. There is a duplicate entry in the IC catalog - also known as IC 1985. It is a young star forming region whose age is estimated at about 2 million years. IC 348 is about 1,000 light years distant from Earth.  Horizontal FOV is 55'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 03h 43m 58s Dec: +3209'47" 

 

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