Kingly Crown and Jewels | Howard Trottier

Howard Trottier
Location of photo
Rural British Columbia, Canada
Date/Time of photo
Between August 15 and October 7 2012
Telescope: PlaneWave Instruments CDK17. Camera: Apogee U16M with FW50 10-position filter wheel. Mount: Paramount ME. Total exposure: 12.5 hours: L=350 minutes (1X1), R=130m, G=110m, B=160m (all 2x2), Subs=10m. Filters: Astrodon LRGB E-Series. Image capture: ACP, TheSkyX, MaxIm DL and Focusmax. Image processing: PixInsight and CCDInspector.
This field of view in Cepheus features a beautiful pairing of the reflection nebula NGC7129, and the star cluster NGC7142 in the bottom left corner. The uploaded image is downsampled X4: the full resolution version is available at the listed Web Address. Now, this will be a bit of a stretch (astro-imager pun intended!), but could the reflection nebula be seen as the King's Crown, and the rich star field as the Crown Jewels ;)?