A deep view of The Heart


Terry Hancock

New Mexico

Herb collected this beautiful data remotely courtesy of Sky West in New mexico, using a Takahashi FSQ106 APO Refractor along with KAF8300 chip and consisting of 15 x 30 min long exposures each channel using SII, Ha and OIII narrowband filters.

Another collaboration with Data by Herb Carpenter, Post Processing by Terry Hancock. Visually, the Heart Nebula is an elusive object in a small telescope. The brightest knot of glowing gas at the base of the “Heart†was discovered first and classified separately as NGC 896. The rest of the nebula was discovered later as telescopes and cameras improved in capability. In images like those shown here, the shape of the nebula is easy to discern.