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IC 1287 (Reflection Nebula)   [obsolete]

Image Details:

Camera: Canon Digital Rebel (300D)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Prime Focus
Additional Optics: n/a (Prime)
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 1000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/5
Exposure: 20 x 1min @ ISO 1600
Total Exposure: 0hrs, 20min
Date: 7/20/2004, ~11pm PDT
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: DSLRfocus
Focus: DSLRFocus
Dithering: None
Guiding: None


  • IRIS: Dark subtraction, flat frame, registration, Kappa-Sigma stacking, and noise reduction
  • Photoshop: Color mixing, crop (2/3 x), image scale (3/8 x), JPG conversion

Image Description:

IC 1287 is a very faint reflection nebula in Scutum. In this image it is just barely visible as a blue "halo" around the bright star in the center in the field (SAO 161569). This image could have used more exposure, but tracking problems ruined most of the frames I shot. The transparency and seeing were pretty lousy too. Those diffraction spikes look cool, though, don't they!? <g> This is approximately 2/3's of the full frame, scaled for display on the web. North is up.