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LBN 1036 and NGC 2353 in Monoceros

 

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Scope: FSQ-106N at f/5, Location: DAA Observatory Shelter Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA   28 January 2017  Camera: Atik 383L (Astronomik Gen 2 Ha LRGB Filters)

Exposure: Exposure: 14 x 8 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 12 x 10 minutes (2x2 bin)  exposure with Hydrogen Alpha filter, 8 x 4 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Sequence Generator Pro (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Kappa Sigma Combine) - Deep Sky Stacker. LRGB channel registration, equalization, and gradient removal - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, RGB combine - ImagesPlus. Luminance Layering, final stretch, and finishing  - Photoshop.  RGB calibration - eXcalibrator. This image is a  RGB combine with Luminance layering.  Color saturation in LAB color.  The H-Alpha filter exposure was screen blended into the IR/UV Blocking filter exposure stack and used for the luminance layer. Ha was screen blended into the Red channel -  emission balance of RGB done with Channel Mixer in Photoshop. Images processed at 3352 x 2532 resolution. Final Image size is approximately  2600 x 1950.

North is to the right in this image.    The open cluster NGC 2353 is central in this field. LBN 1036 extends to the upper left of NGC 2353. To the upper right is the emission nebula Sharpless 294 - also known as LBN 1032. Also included in this field is the Group of Stars identified as NGC 2351. There are several notable dark nebulae and some substantial non-cataloged nebulosity. T These objects  are identified in the annotated image. Just outside and below the image field is the well known Seagull Nebula (IC 2177). The open Cluster NGC 2353 is about 3,649 light years distant. This image replaces an earlier image in the Archives here.

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 07h 14m 36s Dec: -1018'00"

 

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