NGC 1579  Northern Trifid

NGC 1579 Northern Trifid

Sharpless 2-222

Constellation: Perseus
Ra: 4h30m14.2s
Dec: +35d16m47s
Distance: 2,300 light years
Image Size: 36' x 36'
North: Upper left



NASA Astronomical Picture of the Day, January 30, 2009
NGC 1579 (LBN 766, Sh2-222) is a beautiful reflection nebula in the constellation of Perseus. It is sometimes referred to as the "Northern Trifid".

The dark cloud (L1482) owes its distinctive color due to illumination from a heavily reddened (AV ~ 10 mag), bright star, LkH-alpha 101 – a hydrogen alpha emitter. The smaller reflection object toward the left edge is IC 2067.

Exposure: LRGB - 265:70:70:70 min
Telescope: RCOS 16" RC f/8.9 tube
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME
Oag: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: CCD AutoPilot4
Calibration: CCDStack2
Observatory Site: Sierra-Remote Observatories, Shaver Lake, CA
Camera: Apogee U16M
Filters: Astrodon Gen 2 LRGB
Guider: SBIG ST-402
Camera Operation: MaximDL4.62
Processing: Photoshop CS3
Image Date: 01/02/2009

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