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Stardust of the Perseus Molecular Cloud | by Martin_Heigan
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Stardust of the Perseus Molecular Cloud

NGC 1333 is a Reflection Nebula in the constellation Perseus (1,000 light-years away), and part of the star-forming Perseus Molecular Cloud.


The dusty region shows red emission from Herbig-Haro objects (jets and shocked glowing gas emanating from recently formed stars).


Image processed and featured in Filckr Explore (2018-11-09) on the Birthday of Carl Sagan, so a quote seems fitting. "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan.



William Optics Star 71mm f/4.9 Imaging APO Refractor Telescope.

William Optics 50mm Finder Scope.

Celestron SkySync GPS Accessory.

Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope.

Orion StarShoot Autoguider.

Celestron AVX Mount.

QHYCCD PoleMaster.

Celestron StarSense.

MBox USB Meteostation.

RoboFocus RF3 Focuser.

Optolong L-Pro and LRGB filters.

QHYCFW2-M-US Filterwheel (7 position x 36mm).

QHY163M Cooled CMOS Monochrome Astronomy Camera.



Guiding in Open PHD 2.6.5.

Image acquisition in Sequence Generator Pro.



L = 24 x 360 sec. (Binning 1x1).

R = 20 x 300 sec. (Binning 2x2).

G = 20 x 300 sec. (Binning 2x2).

B = 20 x 300 sec. (Binning 2x2).

Integration Time: 7.4 hours over 4 evenings.


Sensor Sensitivity:

Gain: 120

Offset: 60

Sensor cooled to -20°C / -4°F


Calibration Frames:

50 x Bias/Offset.

20 x Darks.

20 x Flats & Dark Flats.



Pre-Processing and Linear workflow in PixInsight,

and finished in Photoshop.


Astrometry Info:

Center RA, Dec: 52.293, 31.351

Center RA, hms: 03h 29m 10.284s

Center Dec, dms: +31° 21' 03.062"

Size: 89 x 58.1 arcmin

Radius: 0.886 deg

Pixel scale: 3.34 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: Up is 247 degrees E of N

View an Annotated Sky Chart for this image.

View this image in the WorldWideTelescope.




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Taken on November 8, 2018