Astrophotography by Mario Cogo

The Heart Nebula - IC 1805


Also called the Heart Nebula this large and massive complex of emission nebulae is dominated by IC 1805 and is situated near the galactic equator in eastern Cassiopeia. In the center of the "Heart" lies the open cluster Mel 15.  The bright emission nebula in the lower part of image is IC 1795 and the open cluster in the upper right is NGC 1027.  North is right.


Date / Location : 19/10/2001 from Roques de los Muchachos 2400mt. "La Palma" (Canary Island - Spain)
13/01/2002 from Cima Larici Asiago 1600mt.  (Vicenza - Italy)
Optics / Lens : Astro-Physics Traveler 105mm f/6 EDFS  with AP Field Flattener - Nikon F3 
Mount / Guide : Astro-Physics GE-600E GTO autoguided by SBIG ST4
Exposure / Film : Composite of two 30-minute on Kodak PJ400 Film and two 40-minute on Kodak E200 Film
Processing : Film scanned at 2700 dpi with Nikon CoolScan LS30 scanner, enhanced with Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Note : Dry climate and windy from Roques. Good sky with 10 below zero from Cima Larici.
Digital grain reduction with SGBNR s/w by Pleiades Astrophoto


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