Image of Cepheus
Full Color Image of Between Perseus and Cassiopeia Click here or on the image above for full-size, 5522x2843px (18.4MB)
Image of Cepheus
Full Color Image of Perseus - SHO Mosaic Click here or on the image above for full-size, 5377x5544px (29.6MB)
Image of Cepheus
Annotated Image of Perseus - SHO Mosaic Click here or on the image above for full-size, 5377x5544px (29.2MB)

Between Perseus and Cassiopeia

Objects Sh2-202; IC1805; IC1848; NGC884; NGC869; vdB15; Eta Persei; Gamma Persei; "Heart Nebula"; "Soul Nebula"
Description This is an experimental image captured with two setups all from my backyard in Somerville, MA (SQM=18.1). One setup captured a 12-panel mosaic with a DSLR at 2.13"/px while the other setup captured SHO narrowband with a mono camera at 4.03"/px. A total of 75 hours of data was then reduced in to a single image. The Heart Nebula, the Soul Nebula, and the Double Cluster, are all well-known objects to amateur astrophotographers, while Sh2-202, vdB15 and LBN 679 are not imaged frequently and rarely in one field. The color mapping for the nebulae is: SII=Red; Ha=Green; OIII=Blue. The stars are natural color added on top. In the reprocessed crop, I only used the top half of the SHO data, and the stars are from the Ha (white stars).
Rights Statement This image is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). If you use this image elsewhere, you must provide an attribution (credit line) like this:
Between Perseus and Cassiopeia by Nico Carver is licensed under a CC BY-SA 4.0 Licesnse.
Acquisition Dates 11/09/19; 11/10/19; 11/16/19; 11/23/19; 11/30/19; 12/07/19; 12/11/19; 12/19/19; 12/20/19; 12/22/19; 12/24/19
Location Backyard, Somerville, MA
Optics Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM at f/2.8 and Stellarvue SVQ86
Mount Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro and Orion Atlas EQ-G
Camera Nikon D800 (modified) and ZWO ASI-1600 MM-Cool (v3)
ISO/Gain Nikon: 400 and ZWO: 200
Integration Total: 83 hours. 720x60" ISO400, 379x300" Ha, 286x300" SII, 195x300" OIII
Software Mount Control: EQMOD; Planetarium: Cartes Du Ciel; Acuisition: Sequence Generator Pro; Guiding: PHD2; Platesolving: Pinpoint Polar Alignment: QHY Polemaster; Processing: PixInsight 1.8.6, StarNet++, and Photoshop CS6
RA/DEC Center 43.131, 59.178
Orientation (W of N) 25
Links Astrobin; Flickr; WorldWideTelescope
Perseus in the WorldWideTelescope screenshot