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The Details
Object
IC 405, 410 & 417 in Auriga
Optics
Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX III @ f/5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance 5nm H-alpha filter
Date
08 December 2012
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 4 x 1800 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack2, Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Field of View: 03° 55’ x 02°36’ centered on RA 05h20m14.3s
DEC +33°48’28” (2000). North angle 180.4°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
IC 405 and IC 410, commonly known as the Flaming Star and Tadpole Nebulae respectively, are the two prominent objects in the above image.  Although they appear to share the same cloud of nebulosity, IC 405 at bottom left lies about 1500 light years from Earth while IC 410 at upper right-center is much further away at approximately 12000 light years.  At bottom right is the smaller emission nebula IC 417; it located at about the same distance from Earth as IC 410.  Taken together, this cosmic trio makes for an attractive and often photographed wide field target for astro-imagers.

 

 

 

 

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