IC1848 The Soul Nebula

Westerhout 5 (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667, Soul Nebula) is an emission nebula located in Cassiopeia.  The object is more commonly called by the cluster designation IC 1848. This complex is the eastern neighbor of IC1805 (Heart Nebula) and the two are often mentioned together as the "Heart and Soul".


Due to two minor operations and a holiday this is my first image for a few months and hence I chose an easy target that I had imaged before to get back into the run of things. It was imaged through my Megrez 90 refractor with a 0.8x focal reducer and an Atik 460EX CCD camera and Astrodon filters. This image consists of 20 x 600s luminance frames but the colour was taken from an image done by me last year.

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