Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A night at the Lagoon

Tonight gave us cool and transparent skies here in Indiana.  Here's a quick processed image of the Lagoon Nebula, imaged about an hour ago. This is a composite of 10x30 second integrations. The camera was a Mallincam Universe (unfiltered) running at 3x3 binning attached to the 14 inch at native f/10. Images stacked in Nebulosity with quick curve adjustments. I'm pretty happy with this, considering it is 5 minutes of data with 5 minutes of post-processing.

In the center of the "pink" region, the Hourglass Nebula is clearly visible (click image for a bigger view). This is an area where the first Herbig-Haro objects (patches of nebulosity formed by jets of gas from newborn stars colliding with clouds of gas and dust) were detected.