IC 1318 Butterfly Nebula
Copyright © 2012
IC 1318 the Butterfly Nebula, an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus
If seen in a much larger field the nebula resembles a butterfly with out stretched wings.
The short 2 minute exposures were taken instead of the usual 5 to 15 minutes in order to minimize bright star blooming on the raw images.
Distance: 5000 light years
Camera: SBIG ST-10XME
Telescope: Astrophysics Starfire 140 EDT F7.5
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO with Advanced Telescope Systems portable pier
Images: 190 subexposures of 5 minutes each with 67 of red, 63 of green, and 60 of blue for a total time of 15 hours & 50 minutes.
Date: June 2012
Software: Camera, mount, and guider control - CCD Commander & MaximDL; calibration, stacking, & RGB creation in CCDStack, and further processing in Photoshop CS6.