IC 2162

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These glowing clouds of gas have young and bright stars in their centers which cause the gas to emit red light. Cool gas and dust in these clouds also cause the dark lanes and filaments by blocking background sources of light. These relative small clouds are located in the constellation of Orion (but closer to the border of Gemini) towards the outer spiral arm of our galaxy. Note the large diffuse nebula on the right edge of the image.


20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.4
Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount
SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

L R G B color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = 90 minutes binned 1x1
Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

  • One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was applied to the luminance image.

  • Image taken during poor seeing and high thin clouds/haze.
  • Minimum credit line: Mark and Patricia Wessels/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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    Updated: 10/18/2004