IC 1848, Soul Nebula

About image

IC 1848 (also known as the Soul Nebula) is a diffuse nebula associated with an open cluster of young, hot, high-mass stars, visible in the constellation Cassiopeia, towards the border with the Giraffe.
This is one of the areas of the Milky Way where star formation is most active: the estimated distance is 7600 light years.
I've done a classic SHO combination: I'm not really a fan of this type of mapping, but the image was obtained under a Bortle 8 sky, so I didn't have many other alternatives :-)
RGB exposures were done only for the stars.

Technical data
Optic         Tecnosky Apo refractor LT 130-910 with Riccardi reducer 0.75x (focal lenght 692mm, f/5.3)
Mount       Skywatcher EQ8
Camera                      Moravian G3-16200 with external filter wheel 7 positions
Filters                         Baader 50mm unmounted RGB , Ha 7nm, OIII 8.5nm, SII 8nm
Guiding system         Artesky Ultraguide 70mm 
Exposure details    R 10x120" bin1 -20C

         G 10x120" bin1 -20C
            B 10x120" bin1 -20C

         Ha 38x600" bin1 -20C

         OIII 27x600" bin1 -20C

         SII 28x600! bin1 -20C                            
Total integration       16h30'
Acquisition                Voyager, PHD2
Processing                Pixinsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5, StarXTerminator, NoiseXTerminator, BlurXTerminator
SQM-L                       Bortle 8    
Location                    Rescaldina (Italy), home terrace
Date                          15/16/17/21/22 November 2023

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