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IC423 - Tear Drop Nebula

 

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         Object IC423 - Tear Drop Nebula
         Comment The central region of Orion's belt contains numerous features produced by interstellar gaseous material. One such object is a dim reflection nebula known as the Tear Drop (IC423). The dusty characteristics of the nebula reflects light from two bright stars nearby, Alnilam (mag 1.6) and Mintaka (mag 2.2). The Tear Drop Nebula resides 1,500 lightyears away.

This image is a LRGB composite utilising a synthetic luminance channel. Data acquired on the Lightbuckets 24" RCOS. IC423 is not often imaged at such long focal lengths given its proximity to bright stars...I can understand why...What problem? ;)
         Optics RCOS 24" F/8 (4876 mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta U42 - 1x1 bin (image scale .57 arcsec/pix)
         Mount RCOS Professional Series Equatorial Fork
         Exposure Total exposure time: 2.5 hours (L:60min,RGB:30min respectively)
         Date 17/02/2009

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