IC 447 Region in Monoceros
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Scope: Explore Scientific MN152 Maksutov Newtonian at f/4.8, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA 23 January 2015 Camera: ST8300M
Exposure: Exposure: 16 x 10 min (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 8 x 4.5 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.
Processing: Data Collection - Sequence Generator Pro (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 2800x2100.
North is up in this image. This field is dominated by the large Reflection Nebula this is cataloged twice in the IC catalog - IC 447 and IC 2169, and also as LBN 903. This is a region of some interstellar dust which can be seen in the upper left along with other reflection nebulae. These other reflection nebula have catalog entries NGC 2245, NGC2247, vdB 77,78, 79, and 82, IC 446 / IC 2167. There are also dark nebulae Barnard 37, LDN 1606 and 1607. These objects are highlighted in the annotated image. The galactic cloud complex containing these reflection objects has an estimated average distance to Earth of 2,480 light years.. The Horizontal FOV is 88'
Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 06h 31m 12s Dec: +10°07'04"
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