A large diffuse nebula of red and blue clouds that is roughly shaped like a heart.

The Heart Nebula, NGC 896/IC 1805, is something I’ve wanted to capture for a long time. The problem is, it and its neighbor the Soul Nebula are generally quite large. I’ve gotten more comfortable both shooting automated mosaics with N.I.N.A. and processing the resulting panels into final images.

So, this is the Heart Nebula, a six panel mosaic. This will be part of a larger mosaic I’m capturing with the Soul Nebula next door.

Panel Exposure Gain Offset Frames Integration time
1 60s 56 25 60 1h
2 60s 56 25 60 1h
3 60s 56 25 60 1h
4 60s 56 25 60 1h
5 60s 56 25 60 1h
6 60s 56 25 60 1h
Total 360 6h
Astro-Tech AT115EDT 115mm f/7 ED Triplet Refractor w/ 0.8x Reducer/Flattener
Losmandy GM-8 German Equatorial Mount, Gemini 2, Losmandy FLW Tripod
QHY 268C
Optolong UV / IR Cut Filter
ZWO EAF Electronic Automatic Focuser, iOptron iPolar
N.I.N.A., PHD2 Guiding, SkySafari Pro, AstroPixelProcessor, Capture One