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MBM 56 Molecular Cloud

 

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Scope: Explore Scientific MN152 Maksutov Newtonian at f/4.8, Location: Tierra Del Sol - SDAA Club Site, CA,  14 August 2018  Camera: Atik 383L (Astronomik Gen 2  LRGB Filters)

Exposure: Exposure:  16 x 10 min (2x2 bin) exposure with IR/UV Block filter, 7 x 4 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Sequence Generator Pro (as FITs).  Exposure calibration, LRGB registration, and stacking (Median combine -  Winsorized Sigma Clipping) - PixInsight.  LRGB channel registration, equalization and gradient removal - PixInsight.  Curves, Levels, RGB combine, Luminance layering - PixInsight. Final finishing  - Photoshop.  RGB calibration - eXcalibrator. This image is a  RGB combine with Luminance layering.  Images processed at 3352 x 2532 resolution. Final Image size is approximately  2800 x 2100.

North is up in this image.  This region of the sky is dominated by dark nebulae, molecular clouds and dense cores. Additionally, the are a few background galaxies. The prominent catalog item in this image is the molecular cloud MBM 56 (Magnani+Blitz+Mundy catalog). There are  six objects from the PGCC catalog (Planck Catalogue of Galactic Cold Clumps). A few background galaxies are seen in this image - none have any studied distance estimates. These objects and some bright stars are identified in the annotated image..  There are also a number of background galaxies in this field not identified in the annotation.   Horizontal FOV is approximately 88 arc minutes (1.88 arcsec/pix image scale on the full size image).

Image center is located approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 23h 26m 42.26s Dec: +3323'41.20"

 

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