IC405, The “Flaming Star Nebula”

After imaging IC410, the next logical thing to image was its bigger companion, IC405. Known as the Flaming Star Nebula, it’s the other bright nebula within the hexagon of Auriga’s stars. The ripples at right are really nice (easily enhanced with LocalHistogramEqualization), but IC405 lacks the color contrast of IC410. The SII and H-alpha overlap … More IC405, The “Flaming Star Nebula”

APOD: Comet ATLAS (C/2020 M3) and the Nebulae of Orion

I’ve been so busy writing and processing images that I haven’t even posted my recent APOD. We had two nice comets swing close to earth in November: Comet ATLAS (C/2020 M3) and Comet C/2020 S3 (Erasmus). Erasmus wasn’t very bright, but ATLAS M3 got up to around magnitude 7. More importantly, it went (from our … More APOD: Comet ATLAS (C/2020 M3) and the Nebulae of Orion