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NGC 1333

Here is a new deep-sky collaboration image that I finally completed with my friend Stuart Heggie NGC1333 is a reflection nebula in the western part of the Perseus molecular cloud that is about 1000 light-years away. This particular part of the region is considered to be the most active in terms of star formation. Some of you know how much I love these mysterious dark and dusty parts of space but due to their very faint nature, it can take a very long time to collect enough data to show their beauty to the fullest. It took an entire winter season for Stuart to collect enough frames for this as the weather where we live (southern Ontario, Canada) is cloudy most nights. After he painstakingly calibrated the data, I spent a few days enjoying the post-processing of it. I hope you like this view. It's an object that I've wanted to image for a long time but from my location, it would have taken even longer to complete because of my light pollution. Read below for all the technical details.

Technical details:
Telescope: AP155EDF
Camera: Moravian G4 (16803) w Astrodon GenII Filters
Mount: Paramount MX
RGB 12/17/13x10 min for each channel
Luminance 51x10min
Total exposure time: 93x10min = 15.5 hours
Acquisition using CCD-Commander and TheSkyX
All images calibrated and combined in PixInsight; processing in PixInsight, Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC