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vdB16 LBN746 and the LDN 1452 Region

 

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Scope: Explore Scientific MN152  Maksutov Newtonian at f/4.8, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA   22 December 2014  Camera: ST8300M

Exposure: Exposure: 17 x 10 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block,  8 x 4.5 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  CCDSoft (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Kappa Combine) in Deep Sky Stacker, L - RGB channel registration, equalization, central gradient removal - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, and Luminance development, RGB combine - Images Plus. Finishing  - Photoshop. Color calibration with eXcalibrator. This image is UV/IR Block for the Luminance channel and then a LRGB combine with Luminance layering.  Saturation in LAB color.   Final Image size is approximately 3352x2532 resized to 2600x1950.

North is up in this image.  This field  is dominated by the very large LDN 1452 Dark Nebula that is only partially captured in this field. This field is located on the border of constellations Aries and Taurus. In the lower part of the image is the blue refection nebula vdB 16 also known as LBN 746. This nebula is illuminated by the bright star B+29 565. This field has pronounced dark lanes throughout the image and there are several cataloged Barnard Dark Nebulae in this image (Barnard 202, 203, 204, 206). These objects and some of the brighter stars are highlighted in the annotated image.  The star B+29 565 and vdB 16 are approximately 2,470 light years distant from Earth. The star Horizontal FOV is 88'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: 03h 27m 32.4s Dec: +3013'35"

 

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