The Heart Nebula, so named because of it’s shape lies in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It is 6900 light years away.
The image, taken on 16 October 2012 consists of 14 x 5 minute exposures through a Canon 40D with 200mm lens mounted on an astrotrac, together with darks and flats. Stacking was with Deep Sky Stacker and processing in Photoshop.
The intention was to collect 3 hours worth of data, but the weather had other ideas.