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IC348 in Perseus

 

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Scope: FSQ-106N refractor at f/5, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA  24 November 2013  Camera: Atik 383L

Exposure: 15 x 9 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 8 x 3.5 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. Final color Calibration with eXcalibrator. This image is a straightforward LRGB combine with Luminance layering.     Final Image size is approximately 2400x1800.

North is up in this image. IC 348 is a cluster with Nebulosity in the constellation of Perseus. The core of the cluster is in the upper left portion of this image. The bright star is Omicron Persei. There is a duplicate entry in the IC catalog for this cluster - it is also known as IC 1985. In this wide field image, the broader dust areas of this region can be see extending to the right in this image. IC 348 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 115'

 

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 03h 43m 00.4s Dec: +3158'27"

 

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