Monday, June 9, 2008

Sharpless SH2-33

Revised Processing 8-22-08.

This was a challenge object for me – both to get any data and to adequately process. I’ve attempted this one a few times from downtown Roswell with no luck – to many lights and a lot of skyglow. It wasn’t until I tried from a great dark site in Georgia that I was able to get any data for this object.

Sharpless Sh2-33 is very dim reflection nebula located in the constellation Serpens – the raw 10 minute ccd images show a very small dusting of the nebula above the background. The nebula cast a light reddish hue to the surrounding stars. In addition to the main image I processed this to bring out the faint wispy glow of the extended object in the bottom lower corner of the picture.

Technical Details:

Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106
Mount: Astro-Physics Ap900GTO
Camera: SBIG ST200XM
Filters Astrodon LRGB
Dates: June 6 & 7 2008
Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village

Exposure Details
L – 90 Minutes
R = 90 Minutes
B = 70 Minutes
G = 60 Minutes

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