to 10/06/2009 Chino Valley... with CCDSoft and CCDAutoPilot3
540 min. (18 x 30 min. bin 1x1)
here for the narrow band
color mapped version.
here for an LRGB image.
CCDStack, Photoshop CS w/ the Fits Liberator plugin and Noel Carboni's actions.
CCDStack to calibrate, register,
normalize, data reject & combine the sub exposures.
PixFix32 (pre-beta) to
repair hot/cold pixels and column defects.
non-linear stretching and sharpening.
Located at the center
of its parent emission nebula, IC 1805 (The
Heart nebula), is the star cluster Melotte 15. Stellar winds and
radiation, from the young hot massive stars in the cluster, form the
nebula gasses into this beautiful tree like sculpture. IC 1805 is
about 7,500 light years away, toward the constellation Cassiopeia.
It is illuminated by Melotte 15, which is located about 50 light