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OBJECT

NGC 6914 (near-center bluish nebula) surrounded by IC 1318       (image above is reduced-size | other sizes:  medium , original)

Distance:  6,000 light years and 5,000 light years to IC 1318

Telescope Takahashi FS-60C @ f/6.2
Mount Takahashi EM200 Temma II
Camera QSI 540wsg @ -15C
Filters Astrodon Ha (3nm), Astrodon Tru-Balance I-Series LRGB Gen 2
Guider SX Lodestar
Settings 7x15min Ha; 4x10min L; 6x5min ea RGB (all bin1x1); AstroArt5, CS4 (slightly cropped, 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias)
Date/Location

Notes
4,24 October 2014 - Las Cruces, NM

Published
as Astronomy Magazine Picture of the Day, 11 Mar 15 (screenshot).
Published
in Astronomical League's quarterly Reflector Magazine, Mar 2015  issue, pg 23 (screenshot).

Imaged over two nights. This image is LHa_HaRGB, where Ha:R (80:20) was used for the Red channel, and  L:Ha (20:80) for Luminance. Ha data were collected on 4 Oct 14, and Lum data were collected on 24 Oct 14, when I realized I needed more to pick up the "blue" nebula (RGB data were collected during both sessions). There are some very interesting structures near the bottom of the image, including a dark "elephant trunk"-type extension near center bottom and pointing upward in this image. The star Sadr is approximately below this area and out of this field of view.

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