Deep Sky Astrophotography by Barry Wilson

Current Projects: IC1795 The Fish Head Nebula in Hubble Palette SHO

(1) IC1795 The FIsh Head Nebula

To some, this nebula looks like the head of a fish. However, this colorful cosmic portrait really features glowing gas and obscuring dust clouds in IC 1795, a star forming region in the northern constellation Cassiopeia. The nebula's colors were created by adopting the Hubble false-color palette for mapping narrow emission from oxygen, hydrogen, and sulfur atoms to blue, green and red colors, and further blending the data with images of the region recorded through broadband filters. Not far on the sky from the famous Double Star Cluster in Perseus, IC 1795 is itself located next to IC 1805, the Heart Nebula, as part of a complex of star forming regions that lie at the edge of a large molecular cloud. Located just over 6,000 light-years away, the larger star forming complex sprawls along the Perseus spiral arm of our Milky Way Galaxy. At that distance, this picture would span about 70 light-years across IC 1795 (APOD).

Details: WO 132FLT at F7; 10 Micron GM1000HPS QSI683, Astrodon Filters, 5nm Ha  21 x 600s; OIII 12 x 600s; SII 11 x 600s; total integration 7.3 hrs. October 2017.


I have been fascinated with astronomy since childhood ever since I read Patrick Moore's "The Observer's Book of Astronomy" and became a devotee of BBC's "The Sky at Night". This website aims to display what can be achieved by an amateur astrophotographer in their backgarden - Totnes, Devon, UK, in my case - equiped with dedication, patience and perseverance, especially from my family!

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Barry Wilson

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Nebulae images

Messier 78

Messier 78

The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M 78 or NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year. M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light. About 45 variable stars of the T Tauri type, young stars still in the process of formation as well as some 17 Herbig–Haro objects are known in M78 (Wikipedia).

This is a composite Ha and LRGB image with data collected over a three year period with a variety of cameras on my Takahashi FSQ85. There are 300s and 600s subs for circa 14hrs of LRGB and 600s for circa 3hrs for Ha. Captured with a Takahashi FSQ85EDX at F5.3 and F3.9; using a QSI683-wsg8, Atik 383L+ and Atik 460EXM; Baader and Astrodon filters. January 2014 - 17. The various image scales were combined in PixInsight.