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The Details
Object
IC 410 and "The Tadpoles" in Auriga
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF refractor at f/7.5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG ST-10XME
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen Alpha filter
Date
02 October 2006
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 8 x 600 sec, 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS2
Orientation
Field of View: 42'27" x 28'31" centered on RA 05h22m38s
DEC +33°21’16” (2000.0) . North angle 89.4°; east 90° CCW from north.
Notes

Sculpted by the fierce stellar winds of young stars illuminating this nebula, the two "Tadpoles" that give this object its unique appearance are actually about 10 light years in length each. Lying at a distance of about 12,000 light years from Earth, IC 410 is one of the true gems of the winter night sky. Open cluster NGC 1893, seen in the above image as the grouping of bright stars between the Tadpoles and the dark central region, is the source of UV radiation allowing us to observe this nebula.

 

 

 

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