Object: Reflection nebulas IC353 & IC1995 in Taurus
Exposure: Composite of three 40-minute exposures.
Processing: Negatives scanned at 3048dpi with a UMAX Powerlook 3000 scanner, blended in Picture Window Pro 2.5 and enhanced in Adobe Photoshop 4.0
Telescope: TeleVue 85mm f/7 APO refractor @ f/5.6
Mount: Losmandy G11
Guiding: SBIG ST-4
Film: gas-hypered 35mm Kodak Ektapress PJ400
Location: Tierra del Sol, California
Comments: Located just north of the famous Pleiades star cluster, these extremely faint nebulas are some if not the most challenging deep sky objects to photograph in the northern sky. Much fainter than the Witch Head Nebula in Eridanus. The light is so weak that this truly pushes digital processing to its limits. For reference, the very edge of the Pleiades cluster and its associated nebulosity is visible in the lower right corner of the image.
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