The Soul Nebula - IC1848

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The Soul Nebula (IC1848) is a bigger Emission Nebula, which can be found at a distance of around 7,500 light-years away from us in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It's in the direct neighborhood of the Heart Nebula.
The Soul Nebula is home to several small open star clusters; Cr34, Cr632, and Cr634 are in the lower part and IC1848, whose designation is taken for the Soul Nebula, is in the upper part. The Nebula also contains a lot of star-forming regions.

The Soul Nebula captured with a focal length of 420mm and an attempt to reproduce the natural colors of the H-alpha Emission Nebula.
Soul_Nebula.jpg Click on the image for a larger view ▲

The Soul Nebula, which has an apparent diameter in the night sky of about 4 full moons, is located in the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way. This spiral arm is located directly next to the Orion-Cygnus Arm, in which our Solar System is located.

The Nebula contains a Radio Source known as W5, which is responsible for star formation like the radio sources in other star-forming regions (e.g. Orion Nebula). Stellar winds from large and hot stars in this region create empty spaces, at the edges of these spaces the gases compress and become denser and denser until new stars were born. This triggers a chain reaction in which more and more new stars are formed.
I made some crops of some of the star-forming regions. Unfortunately, and as always, my focal length is a little bit short for highly detailed images.




The following infrared image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the star-forming region in my second cropped image. You can see a lot more details on it. Due to the fact that this was imaged in infrared, the structure looks a little bit different compared to an image in visible light.

An infrared image taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope showing the Mountains of Creation in the W5 star-forming region.
Copyright: public domain, NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Allen (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

Position in the night sky

As mentioned above, the Soul Nebula (IC1848) is part of the constellation Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia can be easily found due to the brightest stars that are aligned as a big W.

Position of the Soul Nebula in the night sky. Screenshot of SkySafari Pro app for iOS.
location.png Click on the image for a larger view ▲

Details of the image

The picture was taken in my Backyard with the following equipment and settings.

Camera QHYCCD247C
Telescope TSAPO65Q · 420mm · f6.5
Filter STC Duo-Narrowband Filter (48mm / 2")
Guide camera QHY5L-II
Guide scope TSL60D · 240mm · f4.0
Mount Skywatcher AZ EQ-6
Exposure time 46 x 600" = 460 minutes = 7 hours 40 minutes
ISO Unity Gain @ -20°C

Everything is controlled by my Astro-PC via remote desktop and wireless LAN.

Software: Sequence Generator Pro, PixInsight, Photoshop CC

The license of my pictures

All images, otherwise clearly indicated, in this post are my own work.
You can use it for free if you credit them to @astrophoto.kevin.
CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)


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Your stunning images are like a soothing elixir for the mind @astrophoto.kevin :) They truly poke our imagination and bring our wonders to the fore! You say these captions are not highly detailed, but for me, they are simply wonderful!Thank you for making it possible for us to see The Soul Nebula.

You take care :)

Thank you so much for your kind words Abigail 😊
I really appreciate that you like it, even when they are not all in a very high resolution.
Take care and stay healthy 😊

Happy to enjoy your pictures again. I can imagine the weather is now ideal for you: not too warm not too cold. Is that correct?

Thank you very much for your comment @lemouth. I really appreciate that you like it 😊
The weather is great at the moment even if we had some clouds in the last days. As I have a cooled camera, warm nights aren't a big problem for me 🙂
Unfortunately for me, the Galaxy season is starting and my focal length is way too short for most of the Galaxies. But maybe I'm able to get some widefield images with tiny small Galaxies on it 😃
But before that, I want to give a new attempt on Comet ATLAS (C2019 Y4) later this week (when the clouds are gone).

A comet! Nice nice nice! I remember having seen one decades ago (I forgot its name unfortunately). It was very visible as the object was passing quite close to Earth.

I am looking forward to see the pictures!

I just made a quick and dirty one 😀
I hope to get the better in the next days/weeks.
@terrylovejoy has also made a great post about it.

That's cool 🙂 , Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see one with my own eyes until now.

Thanks! I will check it out!

Cooles Logo 👍 und tolle Bilder wie immer.

Vielen Dank @thales7 😊
Ich hoffe, dass das Logo bleibt. Finde ich nämlich auch gnz stylish.

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Thank you so much @amico 😊

My pleasure, mate!

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