The Soul Nebula + AstroBackyard (Trevor Jones) + SHO-3nm NB
The Soul Nebula
Image Credit: AstroBackyard (Trevor Jones)
The Soul Nebula imaged by AstroBackyard (Trevor Jones) who used Optolong SHO-3nm NB filters.
Stars are forming in the Soul of the Queen of Aethopia. More specifically, a large star forming region called the Soul Nebula (IC 1898) can be found in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia, who Greek mythology credits as the vain wife of a King who long ago ruled lands surrounding the upper Nile river. The Soul Nebula houses several open clusters of stars, a large radio source known as W5, and huge evacuated bubbles formed by the winds of young massive stars. Located about 6,500 light years away, the Soul Nebula spans about 100 light years and is usually imaged next to its celestial neighbor the Heart Nebula (IC 1805). The featured image is a composite of three exposures in different colors: red as emitted by hydrogen gas, yellow as emitted by sulfur, and blue as emitted by oxygen. --- from NASA description.
"When I started astrophotography in 2010, the Soul Nebula was at the top of my "must capture" target list.
In my early attempts, I struggled to pull out the dynamic details and punchy colors I saw in the photos I admired.
Eventually, I discovered the magic of narrowband imaging, and just how much fun it is to play with in processing.
(8 Hours Total Exposure)
Processing Guide: https://bit.ly/astro-processing"