NGC1333 Area in Perseus


Copyright 2010 Hap Griffin

Although not often photographed, NGC1333 is one of the most interesting star forming regions in the sky.  Still swathed in their birth cocoon of dust and gas, newly formed stars shine out through cavities and holes in the cloud eroded by the stellar winds from the nursery within.  Above the star forming region is a beautiful blue reflection nebula...hydrogen gas reflecting the light of stars embedded within.  Surrounding the area is a huge region of dense interstellar dust, demonstrating clearly that "empty" space is often far from empty!

NGC1333 lies at a distance of 720 light-years.  


Date/Location:    November 7, 2010     Griffin/Hunter Observatory    Bethune, SC
Camera: QSI 583wsg
Filters: Astrodon E Series Generation 2 LRGB
CCD Temperature: -20 C
Instrument:    Takahashi FSQ-106N
Focal Ratio:   f/5
Mount: AP-1200
Guiding:    Auto via the QSI camera's built in Off-Axis Guider mirror and an SBIG ST-402 Guider
Conditions:    Cold and clear
Weather:    50 - 26 F, still
Exposure: 420 minutes total (18 x 10 min Luminance, 8 x 10 min each in RGB)
Capture: CCDAutopilot 4 w/ Maxim DL Camera Control, focused automatically w/ FocusMax   
Processing:    Frame calibrations and stacking with ImagesPlus v3.80.  Frame alignment in Registar 1.0.  Finishing in Photoshop CS4.