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IC 1848, the Soul Nebula

IC 1848
Hubble Mono H-alpha
IC 1848 lies within Cassiopeia, adjoining IC 1805. Because IC 1805 is nicknamed the Heart Nebula for obvious reasons, IC 1848 has been dubbed the Soul Nebula, after the song Heart and Soul. Which is almost a shame, because IC 1848 also looks like familiar objects. For that reason, IC 1848 is sometimes nicknamed the Fetus Nebula, or more whimsically, the Teddy Bear Nebula. Like IC 1805, IC 1848 is very large and faint, and is a challenge to see visually. But long-exposure photographs have show off the extent of this nebula and similar surrounding objects.

IC 1848 is an emission nebula, making it yet another busy star-forming region in our galaxy. Its proximity to IC 1805 is no coincidence; radio observations have confirmed the presence of gas clouds physically connecting the two nebulae!
Constellation: Cassiopeia
When Visible: August - January
Distance: 6,000 - 7,500 Light-years
Date: October 2010
Location: West Chester, Ohio
Exposure Details:
H-alpha: 8 x 30 minutes Binned 1x1 (mapped to Green in Hubble Palette)
SII: 12 x 30 minutes Binned 1x1 (mapped to Red in Hubble Palette)
OIII: 11 x 30 minutes Binned 1x1 (mapped to Blue in Hubble Palette)
Equipment Used:  Takahashi FSQ-106N on a Takahashi EM200 Temma-PC mount. SBIG STL-6303 camera with 8-position filter wheel and Astrodon narrowband filters. Externally guided with an SBIG Remote Guide Head on a Borg 45ED refractor.
Acquisition Software : MaximDL, TheSky6, CCDAutopilot3
Processing Software: MaximDL, Photoshop CS4, Carboni Actions, IrFanView