A new take on the Soul nebula

my previous attempt on this cute nebula dates back from 25/12/2019, taken at that time with the 120mm Esprit in mosaic.

Now it was one shot with the Sharpstar 76MM F 4,5 with a focal lenght of 243 mm. The ASI2600MC camera was used in combination with an UV/IR blocking filter.

IC1805 or Soul Nebula 76mm Sharpstar F 4,5 156x120s or 312 minutes or 5 hours and 12 minutes on gain 100, processed in AstroPixelProcessor and fine-tuned in Photoshop elements CC. Imaged in Meldert in the night of Novermber 9th, 2021

25 December 2019: a Christmas baby

Or actually maybe more still a foetus, as the Soul nebula is often seen as a foetus or a little bear. Imagination! I’ve never seen a Soul in it: how does a soul look like anyhow?

The frames were taken last week Tuesday, in horrible conditions: high clouds, fog, and tons of moisture. Frames were whitened out by the fog, and all street lighting reflecting on the fog.

Soul Nebula December 2019

The image is a mosaic, about 6000×7400 pixels. More then 7 panels were composed with APP to create it. However, due to the fog, soo many gradients were present, I really had to get all tricks out of my sleeves to get a decent picture. It was processed with all parameters in APP at max (Normalisation, blending) and also cropped the outer edges which could not be salvaged. Material used was: Nikon D750, no filters, EQ8; Esprit120, 400mm guidelens with an ASI290MM

Also to be seen at Astrobin