NGC 1788
Constellation Orion, RA 05h 06m Dec -03 20

Stacks Image 4832

NGC 1788

About this object

NGC 1788, located in an obscure part of the Constellation Orion the Hunter, is the blue reflection nebula near the center of this image. A cluster of young stars, mostly unseen within the dust cloud, causes the dust in this area to glow blue. Faint dust clouds are also prevelant below. According to professional Astronomers, the stars within this cluster are only about 1 million years old, much younger than our 4.5 billion year old sun. The many massive stars within the constellation Orion outside of this field of view also cause the reddish glow of hydrogen gas as seen near the top part of the nebula and below within the dust clouds.

This image was taken with a SBIG STL 11K camera through Luminance, Red, Green and Blue filters on a Stellarvue SVS130 f5 refractor.
The image is comprised of nearly 16hrs of exposure time.
Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SVS 130 6 element Refractor
  • Mount: Paramount MYT
  • Camera: SBIG STL 11K
  • Filters: Custom Scientific L: R:G:B
  • Exposure: LRGB 280:240:210:220, 600sec sub exposures Total exposure time 15.8hrs
  • Camera/Mount Control: The Sky X, CCD Auto Pilot 5
  • Guiding: Unguided using ProTrack
  • Processing: PixInsight 1.8
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: Jan-Feb 16
Stacks Image 74
Stacks Image 5333
Stacks Image 75