IC 405

CHRIS HEAPY, MACCLESFIE­LD, 25 OC­TO­BER 2014

Sky at Night Magazine - - HOTSHOTS -

Chris says: “IC 405 con­tains the Flam­ing Star Ne­bula, and in­deed I have an RGB im­age that shows this clas­sic blue re­flec­tion ne­bula, but what fas­ci­nates me is the tex­ture of the un­der­ly­ing gas and dust cloud when viewed in the hy­dro­gen-al­pha light of this mono­chrome im­age. I find the com­plex knots and rip­ples make it a par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful ob­ject.”

Equip­ment: Atik 490EX CCD cam­era, Tele Vue NP127 re­frac­tor, Los­mandy G11 mount.

BBC Sky at Night Mag­a­zine says: “Ev­ery so of­ten a mono­chrome im­age man­ages to cap­ture de­tail and tex­ture ab­sent from its colour coun­ter­parts. This stunning shot achieves just that. We were struck by the de­tail in the ne­bula’s in­tri­cate ten­drils and the wispy fil­a­ments that dom­i­nate the left side of the im­age.”

About Chris: “I’ve had a life­long pas­sion for as­tron­omy, but it is only since re­tir­ing that I’ve found the time to pur­sue astro imag­ing as a dis­crete in­ter­est. In my younger days I con­cen­trated on vis­ual ob­serv­ing, mainly us­ing a 12-inch New­to­nian and a 10inch Meade LX200. When the first dig­i­tal cam­eras came out I im­me­di­ately recog­nised the pos­si­bil­i­ties for at­tach­ing one to a scope and paid over £500 for a Sony DSC1 so I could im­age the Moon!”

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