Enchanted Skies


IC 410, The Tadpole Nebula (Imaged from Las Cruces)

IC410, The Tadpole Nebula Map of region near IC 410


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

The nebula known as IC 410 is home to a pair of intriguing structures popularly known as the "tadpoles." These are clumps of gas and dust left over from the formation of the cluster, and are likely forming yet new stars within them. The tails of the tadpoles are caused by the radiation pressure and solar wind from the stars of NGC 1893; note how they point away from the star cluster.

This image was constructed by combining the true colors for each filter. I also tried a Hubble Pallet image which can be seen here.

This object was imaged from my fronr yard in Las Cruces, NM.

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Celestron NexStar 11" OTA

Canon 350 (modified)
Baader 7nm Ha, 8nm OIII, and 8nm S2 narrowband filters.
Misc. Optics:
Hyperstar 3
30 x 2 minutes with each filter
With Orion ED80 using GuideDog.
Images aligned and stacked in Nebulosity. Curves/levels and sharpening with Photoshop CS3.

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