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Dimensions3326 x 2504
Original file size1.95 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
IC 1318 - Butterfly Nebula

IC 1318 - Butterfly Nebula

Other Names: None
Optics: Borg 101ED at f/4.1
Mount: Paramount MX using The SkyX Pro
Camera: QSI 683WS-8
Filters: Astrodon Ha 3nm, OIII 3nm, SII 3nm
Exposure: 1820 Mins or 30 1/3 hours, [14 1/3 Ha, 6 3/4 OIII, 9 1/4 SII], Binned 1x1, 1200s exposures in Ha and 900s exposures in OIII & SII
Accessories: Auto guided with Borg 45ED & Starlight Xpress Lodestar. Feathertouch focuser on imaging scope using FocusMax
Location: Burlington, ON, Canada
Date: Taken over several nights from July 20th, 2016 to August 19th, 2016
Notes: Image acquisition with TSX Pro using MaxPilote automation software.
Processing: Image calibration, & align in Maxim DL Pro. Levels, curves, cosmetic adjustments and crop/resize in Photoshop. Color mapped to the SHO Hubble palette in PS and refined using Bob Franke's selective color tool steps.
Calibrated w/20 Darks, 100 Bias, 50 Flats of each filter using a flat panel. CCD temperature was -25C. Image was taken from my backyard Observatory.

Awarded: AAPOD2 (Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day): http://www.aapodx2.com/2016/20161030.html#.WBvkV1Clp1o.email

Awarded Sky News photo of the week:

Ha Version: http://astromarina.zenfolio.com/p264248004/h2fe2b8f#h3ba07e81

Cropped Version: http://astromarina.zenfolio.com/p52895960/h34f376e1#h1a2351fc

The Sadr region, or IC 1318, is the diffuse emission nebula surrounding Sadr or Gamma Cygni. Sadr lies in the center of Cygnus's cross. The Sadr region is one of the surrounding nebulous regions; others include the Butterfly Nebula and the Crescent Nebula. It contains many dark nebulae in addition to the emission diffuse nebulae.
Sadr itself has approximately a magnitude of 2.2. The nebulous regions around the region are also fairly bright.