Every day our eyes catch the light of our memories – time spent with family, the journey to work, a special holiday, a beautiful sunset or a dark starlit night. Each image captured is a picture drawn in light – a photograph: only to be lost in our minds or forever forgotten. Nearly two hundred years ago a small group of amateur scientists achieved what had eluded mankind for centuries – the ability to capture a permanent record of an image seen by their own eyes – a moment in time frozen onto a surface. They had discovered Photography. They were the ‘Catchers of the Light’.

Monday, April 21, 2014

NGC 2174 The Monkey Head Nebula

NGC 2174 (also known as Monkey Head Nebula) is an H II[1] emission nebula located in the constellation Orion and is associated with the open star cluster NGC 2175.[1] It is thought to be located about 6,400 light-years away from Earth.

Instruments and exposure data:

W.O FLT110 with dedicated TMB field flattener
FeatherTouch 3'' focuser
Starizona MicroTouch autofocuser
Meade DSI
Filters: Ha 5nm Astrodon_RGB Baader Planetarium
Sky-Watcher EQ6 Pro

Tricolor Emmision Line image
S[II] 8nm(Red)_Ha 5nm(Green)_O[III] 3nm(Blue)
Modified Hubble Palette

S[II] 4*10min+5Ha 5*10min_Ha 14*10min_ O[III] 23*10min
total exposure time : 1080min (18h)


Ha:14*10min bin1x1
S[II]:4*10min bin1x1
O[III]:23*10min bin1x1
Total exposure time:6h50min

Astrobin Image of the Day 24 Apr 2014

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