NGC 1579  -  Trifid of the North

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DSLR widefield image (f=540mm)

Object data of NGC1579

Object type: reflection and emission nebula
Size: 12'
Constellation: Per
Distance: 2,100 Ly
Notes: NGC 1579 resembles the better known Trifid Nebula, but lies much farther north in the constellation Perseus. Like the Trifid, NGC 1579 is a dusty star forming region providing contrasting emission and reflection nebulae in the same field. Dark dust lanes are prominent in the nebula's central regions.

The above image shows a further reflection nebula near the top left corner:  IC2067 = CED36  

Exposure data

Date: 2011-02-07 + 09 + 23 + 25 + 26 + 28
Location: Nussbach / Austria (400m)
Telescope: 12" Newtonian telescope (f=1120mm)
Camera: ST2000XM with CFW8 and Baader Filters
Binning: L 1x1 / RGB 1x1
Exposure time: L 38x12m / R 12x12m / G 12x12m / B 12x12m
Exposure time total: 14h 48m