Melotte 15 HST


Chris Heapy

Macclesfield, UK

Scope: Televue NP127is refractor
CCD: Atik490EX and Moravian G4-16000
Filters: Astrodon and Chroma 3nM Ha, SII and OIII
Mount: 10-Micron GM2000HPS

This is a hi-res narrowband composition using data aquired from two cameras – an Atik490EX and Moravian G4-16000. Rendered in HST palette it shows the centre of the Heart Nebula in Cassiopeia which contains the powerhouse of this emission nebula – a cluster of young hot stars, from which the powerful UV radiation and solarwinds are eroding the moelecular cloud containing them.