The Soul of the Heart Nebula

The Soul of the Heart Nebula
© 2022 Thomas Fuchs

A spectacular emission Nebula, the Heart Nebula is one of the classics of Northern Hemisphere amateury astronomy.

In the gallery below, I've highlighted 3 very different areas of the image:

Left: Planetary Nebula WeBo-1
Middle: Melotte 15 in the... heart of the Heart Nebula
Right: The “Fish Head

Total exposure time: 31h 15′ 30″ (112,530s)
Image resolution: 7,455 × 5,321px (1.922″/px)
Shot from my driveway near Tucson, AZ in October 2022

Telescope: William Optics RedCat 51 (250mm focal length ƒ/4.9)
Camera: ZWO ASI294MM Pro
Filters: ZWO 7nm narrowband filters in Sulphur-II, Hydrogen alpha and Oxygen-III, ZWO RGB filters
Mount: iOptron CEM26

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