Into the midst of the Heart | Fred Herrmann

Fred Herrmann
Location of photo
United States
Date/Time of photo
October 2013
TOA-130, STT-8300, AP900, ~20 hours exposure time using Ha, Oiii and RGB filters from the backyard observatory.
The “Heart” nebula contains at its center an open cluster of young, hot stars 1.5 million years young and is given the name Mellot 15 (Just right of center in the image). Some of these stars are ~50 times the mass of our Sun. The young star cluster surrounds a mysterious spire like tower of gas and dust. The “Heart” nebula is some 7,500 light-years distant in the constellation Cassiopeia. Taken from the backyard using Halpha and Oxygen iii narrowband filters.
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