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 NGC1333 Region 

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NGC 1333 is seen in visible light as a reflection nebula, dominated by bluish hues characteristic of starlight reflected by dust. A mere 1,000 light-years distant toward the heroic constellation Perseus, it lies at the edge of a large, star-forming molecular cloud. This close-up view spans about 4 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 1333. It shows details of the dusty region along with hints of contrasting emission in red jets and glowing gas from recently formed stars. In fact, NGC 1333 contains hundreds of stars less than a million years old, most still hidden from optical telescopes by the pervasive stardust. The chaotic environment may be similar to one in which our own Sun formed over 4.5 billion years ago. [Text from APOD]

Optics: GSO RC 10" F8 2000mm - Astrograph Ritchie-Chrétien
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO on Gemini Q-Lock tripod
Camera: ATIK 4000LE with SX USB Filter Wheel
Filters: Baader LRGB 2"
Guiding Systems: SXV-AO-LF Active Optics - SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 30 August - 26/27/29 September - 29/30 October - 2011
Location: Pragelato (TO) - Italy
Exposure Details: L:R:G:B => 600:120:90:150 = > (40x15):(12x10):(9x10):(15x10) color Bin2 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: -20°C
Acquisition: Maxim DL/CCD, Perseus
Processing: CCDStack2, PS CS2, PixInsight
Mean FWHM: 1.88" / 2.58"
SQM-L: 21.07 / 21.18