The Merope Nebula

Reflection Nebulosity and Open Cluster in Taurus

Uploaded 11/11/04

Select an image size for a larger view: 800 x 600 1200 x 800
 The amazing blue recording ability of the 10D is illustrated in this image, a mere 10 minutes of integration time with my 12.5 inch. Even with an hour and 20 minutes of exposure, my ST8I didn't show this much field nebulosity. Although my camera is not cooled, it was near freezing when I took this image, lowering the noise even more. This object represents a loose but close to us open cluster, surrounded by dust. Another very important point about this camera is that the CMOS does not bloom. This image would be a bloomed nightmare with my ST8i, long streaks extending from the bright stars in both directions to the edges of the field! The problem of course with giant wide blooming spikes, is you must fill them with something when you repair them.
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian Platform: Astrophysics 1200 QMD Camera: Canon 10D Exposure: 2 x 5m Filters: None Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 7/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 5 C Processing Tools: Photoshop CS, SGBNR HOME GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS


FastCounter by bCentral