Heart and Soul

18. Heart and Soul


Position not available. Multiple objects or no NGC/IC designation

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Westerhout 5 (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667, Soul Nebula) is an emission nebula located in Cassiopeia. Several small open clusters are embedded in the nebula: CR 34, 632, and 634 (in the head) and IC 1848 (in the body). The object is more commonly called by the cluster designation IC 1848.

Small emission nebula IC 1871 is present just left of the top of the head, and small emission nebulae 670 and 669 are just below the lower back area.

The galaxies Maffei 1 and Maffei 2 are both nearby the nebula, although light extinction from the Milky Way makes them very hard to see.

Once thought to be part of the Local Group, they are now known to belong to their own group- the IC 342/Maffei Group.

This complex is the eastern neighbor of IC1805 (Heart Nebula) and the two are often mentioned together as the "Heart and Soul".
 

Image Information

Location Burlington IN
Date Oct 8 201
Optics Nikkor 180ED f/2.8
Filters Astronomic EOS Clip H-a CCD
Mount Celestron CGE
Camera Canon/Hutech 500DH
ISO 800
Subexposures 16
Exposure Length 300
Guider Stellarvue Nighthawk II/ST-4
 

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