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NGC 1333 in Perseus

About this object: NGC 1333 is a star forming complex in the constellation Perseus. It's a dusty area and part of the Perseus OB2 molecular cloud complex. A lot of the faint dust can be seen in this image surrounding the object. Some of the dust is so dense it blocks most of the light from stars behind it. NGC 1333 is the dusty blue reflection nebula near center and other bright red emission and Herbig-Haro objects lie below it shining through the dust clouds. NGC 1333 has many young stars within the dust that are only several million years old. Here is a link to an X-ray image of this object with the Chandra X-ray observatory showing many more points of light as X-rays penetrate the dust.
Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SVX152T refractor @f8 1200mm FL
  • Mount: Paramount MYT
  • Camera: QSI 683
  • Filters: Astrodon
  • Exposure (min): HaLRGB: 600:440:310:300:310 32.6hrs total
  • Camera/Mount Control: The Sky X, CCD Auto Pilot 5
  • Guiding: Starlightxpress Lodestar X2
  • Processing: PixInsight 1.8,
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Sky: Typical SQM 19.6-20.0, Bortle 5, Suburban
  • Date: 9 Nov 19 - 4 Jan 20
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