NGC-896. The bright, western tip of the much larger Heart Nebula (IC-1805), this bright hydrogen emission nebula is located in the constellation of Cassiopiea. It lies at a distance of 7500 light years from Earth in the Perseus Arm of our Galaxy, and is 70 light years in diameter. This vast cloud of hydrogen gas is ionized and illuminated by a cluster of young hot stars at its center. NGC-896 was discovered by Sir William Herschel in 1787.
This image, acquired on October 6, 2019, is a 48 minute integration of 6 minute exposures through the Celestron C-11 at f/2, using the HyperStar III imaging system and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C color CCD camera, operating at -10 degrees below ambient temperature and binned 1 X 1. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5 Pro. Post processed using PhotoShop CS2, Gradient XTerminator, StarShrink, Carboni's Astro Tools and NoiseWare.