NGC281 Nebula in Cassiopeia

(RA 0h 52.8m , Dec. +5637', 35 x 30 arcmin.)

NGC281 nebula near h Cassiopeiae permeates the associated open star cluster. Its gas is excited by young stars' ultraviolet radiation. NGC281 can be found 140' E of a Cassiopeiae (see finder chart below).

The above image was taken on November 28, 1999 from Sooke, BC with Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera on Celestron Ultima 8 f3.0 telescope. The whole setup was autoguided with Cookbook 211 LDC camera on a piggybacked 500mm f8 telephoto lens. White integrations (8 x 240 sec.) as well as cyan, magenta and yellow-filtered exposures (4 x 240 sec. each) were combined with AIP4WIN. Color image was then further processed in Lab color space using Corel PhotoPaint 8.

North is to the right.

Map created in Guide 7.0 - 745' x 745'. North is up.

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