IC63 IC59 gamma Cas nebula

IC63 IC59 gamma Cas nebula
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Curdridge Observatory, Southampton,UK
Object name: IC63 IC59 gamma Cas nebula
Apparent RA: 0h 59m 51s  Apparent Dec:+60 56 27
Constellation: Cassiopeia
04 Oct 2014
During half a moon, one clear night and another night which clouded over at midnight I managed to gather 28x1200s frames of the IC63/IC59 Gamma Cas Nebula region, Number Sh-185 in the Sharpless Catalogue.

A very interesting nebula with lots of strange low contrast features.
The star gamma Cassiopeiae lurks just off the bottom right giving the bright glowing circle in that part of the image.

IC63 and IC59 are really part of one large nebula, Sh-185, with IC63 being the much brighter region on the left, and IC59 is the far dimmer region at the top right. Large amounts of exposure are needed to get the noise anywhere near acceptable on this object.

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This object is part of the Sharpless Catalogue of HII regions

This image was autoguided using my homemade off axis guider with Lodestar.

Imaged with my homemade telescope mount

Exposure Details :

Coma Corrector Astrodon 3nm Ha 28x1200s on 200 @ F5 f.l. 1000 with Atik 490 camera


Skywatcher 200 Newt (upgraded with OO Hilux secondary)
Sky 90 Refractor
Homemade focus motor
Homemade filterwheel / OAG combo with Lodestar guide camera
Atik 490 CCD camera
Homemade Telescope mount

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