At long last I got around to finishing a rendering of this object. I've been wanting to do it for so many years, but daytime job and bad weather/moonlight has for long forced me to postpone it. This year though, I got lucky. The whole project was almost totally foiled by an invasion of mice this year, chewing on cables and generally creating chaos. I lost count after sending mouse number twenty in just four days to the great rodent in the sky.
So this image is maybe the depiction of that great almighty mouse where all those little rascals have gone. It certainly looks like a hell hole. The reflection nebula NGC 1333, also known as LBN 741 or Ced 16, is located in the constellation of Perseus and is a part of the Perseus OB2 molecular cloud complex. The amount of molecular dust in this area, roughly 1000 light years from Earth, is enough to trigger star formation and new stars pushing out of the dust can be seen as blood red Herbig-Haro objects around the center of the image. Actually 36 HH objects have been identified in NGC1333. These are patches of nebulosity ignited by plumes of gas jetting out of the young stars, merely a few hundred thousand years old.
Optics: Epsilon 180ed 8" f/2.8
Camera: QSI 583wsg
Mount: 10Micron and Takahashi EM200 Temma 2M
Exposure: L=143x600s, R=28x600s, G=28x600s, B=27x600s +Darks, Flats
Total integration time: 37h 40min
Filter: Astrodon LRGB Gen II
Captured with The Sky X,
Processed in Pixinsight
Shot from Bjarkebu Observatory near Ytre Enebakk/Norway on several dates from October 2015 through October 2020.