IC 1871, looking deep into the Soul

This was actually the first image taken with my mount, an Astro-Physics Mach1GTO. The new mount and longer focal length telescope allow me to take images of smaller and/or more distant objects. For this I actually blended older data from my smaller telescope. Using that older lower resolution data for color and the new high resolution data (also blended to enhance the color data) used for the luminance I was able to shoot a specific area inside the Soul Nebula found near Cassiopeia.

The image was taken from my light polluted backyard using Hydrogen Alpha and Oxygen III narrowband filters. It’s a total of 14 hours and actually was chosen as the AAPOD2 (Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day) on 18th of March 2018 which was a very pleasant surprise.

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