IC 443 (Jellyfish Nebula) & IC 444


IC 443-444

Object data: The astonishing shape of the Jellyfish Nebula (IC 443) - a supernova remnant in Gemini (right in this image) - is due to the resulting shock waves colliding with a molecular front, creating the 'blowback' of billowing strands seen in this image. IC 444 is the nebulous area seen to the left of image. The two bright golden stars are Mu Geminorum (left) and Eta Geminorum (Propus) to the right. This region is estimated to be some 5000 light years from earth. See also the large crop of IC 443.

Date: 21/02/09
Location: Southern France
Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106ED working at f/5
Mount: AP 900 GTO on Portable Pier
Camera: SBIG ST-11K, SBIG LRGBC filter set, -30°C
Guiding: Integral ST-11K autoguider
Exposure: LRGB Seq: 12x 10 minutes; 3x 10 : 6.5 : 10 minutes (binned 2x2).

Processing: Image acquisition and initial processing was done using Maxim DL, subsequent processing was done using RegiStar and Photoshop.

Notes: I have never had a high quality instrument of around 500mm (necessary for capturing this wide field) - fortunately the Tak FSQ-106ED came to the rescue in late 2008 and this was my first attempt at the IC 443-444 region.

 

 

 

 

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