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Another look at IC1805, which I imaged with the Hyperstar in September of 2019. This version used the autoguider to keep the telescope more stable. It’s 30 - 2 minute exposures. Sprawling across almost 200 light-years, emission nebula IC 1805 is a mix of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds. Derived from its Valentine's-Day-approved shape, its nickname is the Heart Nebula. About 7,500 light-years away in the Perseus spiral arm of our galaxy, stars were born in IC 1805. In fact, near the cosmic heart's center are the massive hot stars of a newborn star cluster also known as Melotte 15, about 1.5 million years young. Click on the image for a better view.

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