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NGC 2170

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the image for a 52% size view. (1800 x 1350 - 1.01 MB)

Instrument

12.5" RCOS @ ~ f/9 (2880 mm fl) at 0.64 arcsec/pixel. Shown at 1.23 and 2.96 arcsec/pixel.

Mount

Paramount ME

Camera

SBIG STL-11000 w/ FW8 filter wheel, AstroDon Gen-2 filters.

Acquisition Data

2/5/2016 to 3/10/2016 Chino Valley, AZ.  with CCD Commander & CCDSoft.  AOL guided

Exposure

Lum

525 min (35 x 15min) Bin 1x1

RGB

810 min (18 x 15 min. each channel) Bin 2x2

RGB ratios are 1.00, 0.97 & 1.08

Software & Processing Notes

  • CCDSoft, CCDStack, PixInsight, Photoshop CS6.

  • No SDSS stars were available for color balancing, so a standard image-train color calibration was used, as determined by eXcalibrator v4.25, and then adjusted for altitude extinction.

  • CCDBand-Aid to repair KAI-11000M vertical bars.

  • CCDStack to calibrate all sub exposures and create the RGB image.

  • PixInsight to register, normalize, data reject, combine the luminance sub exposures, gradient removal, non-linear stretching with HistogramTransformation, detail enhancement with HDRMultiscaleTransform and to create the LRGB image.

  • PhotoShop for the final touch-up.

  • Noiseware 5, a PhotoShop plug-in.

Comment

North is to the left, the image is rotated 90 counter-clockwise.

NGC 2170 is a reflection nebula in the constellation Monoceros at a distance of about 2,400 light-years. William Herschel discovered it on October 16, 1784.

NGC 2170 is the orange cloud, which is illuminated by reflecting the light of nearby stars. Three beautiful blue reflection nebulae accompany NGC 2170. The region also contains a few very small emission nebulae. Additionally many dark absorption nebulae form beautiful darker magenta structures.