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 The Heart & Soul Nebulas 
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Is the heart and soul of our Galaxy located in Cassiopeia? Possibly not, but that is where two bright emission nebulas nicknamed Heart and Soul can be found. The Heart Nebula, officially dubbed IC 1805 and visible in the above zoomable view on the right, has a shape reminiscent of a classical heart symbol. Both nebulas shine brightly in the red light of energized hydrogen. Several young open clusters of stars populate the image and are visible above in blue, including the nebula centers. Light takes about 6,000 years to reach us from these nebulas, which together span roughly 300 light years. Studies of stars and clusters like those found in the Heart and Soul Nebulas have focussed on how massive stars form and how they affect their environment. [Text from APOD]

Pubblications "Scientific American" May 2014 Cover - Brasil Edition
Pubblications NASA APOD 11 February 2014
Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII F/3.6 383mm. - APO Refractor
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO
Camera: Canon 5D MkII - Baader Mod
Filters: OSC
Guiding Systems: Tecnosky 60/228 Guide Scope- SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 24 November 2013
Location: Pragelato - Turin - Italy
Exposure Details: OSC => 130 = > (26x5) ISO 1600 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: Ambient -12C
Acquisition: BackyardEOS, TheSkyX
Processing: PixInsight, PS CS5
Mean FWHM: 3.15
SQM-L: 21.11
NOTE Dedicated to my wife.