Enchanted Skies


IC4603 Reflection Nebula (Imaged from near Ft. Davis, TX)

IC4603 Map of region near IC4603


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

IC4603 is a faint reflection nebula - part of the nebula complex known as Rho Ophiuchi. Starlight is reflected from interstellar gas and fine particles of dust much as Sunlight is reflected through the Earth's atmosphere. The resulting sky blue color can be seen in images of numerous reflection nebula. The nebulosity surrounding the Pleiades (M45) is one of the better known examples.

Reflection nebula are usually quite a bit dimmer than the glowing red light that comes from emission nebula. IC4603 is not visible through most telescopes (except perhaps for some really large ones)

This object was imaged from the 2010 Texas Star party.

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Celestron NexStar 11" OTA

Canon T2i
Misc. Optics:
Hyperstar 3
33 x 1 minutes @ iso 800
Images aligned and stacked in Nebulosity. Curves/levels and sharpening with Photoshop CS3.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)