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Star Forming Region IC 348: Right in between the California Nebula and the Pleiades lies this star cradle in the constellation of Perseus about 1000 LY away. It consists of a nice reflection nebula and a cluster of about 400 young stars. The image shows these together with parts of the molecular cloud from which the stars were born.
The brightest star in the picture is Atik (Omicron Persei), a variable double star.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.


Object Star Forming Region IC 348
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation IC 0348
Constellation Perseus
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 10min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 30 Nov 2013
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