IC 63


IC 63 is a reflection nebula found in the constellation Cassiopeia (the Queen of Ethiopia). It is 750 light years away.

This is my first really long exposure. The above image is 8.5 hours of data.  This object is actually very dim. Just outside the image on the lower right is a bright star (2nd magnitude Navi) which is causing the diagonal streamers down there.

Calibration and alignment was done in MaxIm DL. RRGB layering was done with Photoshop.  With an average altitude of 71.5 degrees, I balanced this to an RGB ratio of 1.14 : 1.00 : 2.05. The data was taken November 27 and 28, 2002 with the 12" LX200, AO7, and ST-8E camera at f/6.3 from my home dome on Mistletoe Rd, Monmouth Oregon.


Exposure Count Binning
Luminance reuse red    
Red 5 hr 30 x 10 min 2x2
Green 1 hr 10 min 7 x 10 min 2x2
Blue 2 hr 20 min 14 x 10 min 2x2