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|Description:||At a distance of approximately 7,000 ly, this
large nebula consists of gaseous clouds being excited by emissions from the
star forming cluster of young stars in the upper center. The narrow
darker regions result from stars being formed at their nominal apex.
|Exposure Data:||8/5/2003. L(R)RGB:
8x4m, 8x4m, 8x4m, GB binned at 2x2.
-10°C, 0.75 arc-sec./pixel.
|Processing:||Acquired via Sequencer and Maxim, reduced and
aligned in Mira, combined with Sigma Reject plug-in, 20 iterations RL in
AIP4WIN, LRGB combine, curves, levels,
and USM in Photoshop. Light SGBNR.
|Optical System:||12.5” Ritchey-Chretien RCOS Truss @ F/5.9,
CCD camera, Paramount ME. Autoguided.
|Comments:||This wider field image was taken with a .63x
focal reducer operating at .66x. A close-up of the central portion
Star Queen Nebula is here. Used as cover art
for Imagine, an inspirational audio CD by Judy Hunt.