Westerhout 5 (Sharpless 2-199, LBN 667, Soul Nebula) is an emission nebula located in Cassiopeia. Several small open clusters are embedded in the nebula: CR 34, 632, and 634 (in the head) and IC 1848 (in the body). The object is more commonly called by the cluster designation IC 1848.

Small emission nebula IC 1871 is present just left of the top of the head, and small emission nebulae 670 and 669 are just below the lower back area.

The galaxies Maffei 1 and Maffei 2 are both nearby the nebula, although light extinction from the Milky Way makes them very hard to see. Once thought to be part of the Local Group, they are now known to belong to their own group- the IC 342/Maffei Group.

This complex is the eastern neighbor of IC1805 (Heart Nebula) and the two are often mentioned together as the "Heart and Soul".

(description credits: Wikipedia)

Original image at 6433px x 4395 px (downsampled and uploaded at 50%)

Technical card
Imaging telescope or lens:Teleskop Service TS Photoline 107mm f/6.5 Super-Apo

Imaging camera:ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool

Mounts:Skywatcher AZ EQ-6 GT, Astro-Physics Mach-1 GTO CP4

Guiding telescope or lens:Celestron OAG Deluxe

Guiding camera:QHYCCD QHY5III174

Focal reducer:Riccardi Reducer/Flattener 0.75x

Software:Main Sequence Software Seqence Generator Pro, Astro-Physics AAPC, Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight

Filters:Astrodon HA 36mm – 5nm, Baader Planetarium Ha 1.25" 7nm, Astrodon S-II 36mm – 5nm, Astrodon O-III 36mm – 5nm, Baader Planetarium OIII 1.25" 8.5nm, Baader Planetarium SII 1.25" 8nm

Accessories:ZWO EFW, MoonLite NiteCrawler WR30

Resolution: 3217×2198

Dates: Aug. 24, 2017, Oct. 24, 2017, Sept. 23, 2018, Sept. 24, 2018

Astrodon HA 36mm – 5nm: 104×300" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1×1
Baader Planetarium Ha 1.25" 7nm: 59×180" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1×1
Baader Planetarium OIII 1.25" 8.5nm: 25×180" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1×1
Baader Planetarium SII 1.25" 8nm: 24×180" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1×1

Integration: 14.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 8.65 days

Avg. Moon phase: 56.43%

Astrometry.net job: 2316627

RA center: 43.744 degrees

DEC center: 60.368 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.933 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.465 degrees

Field radius: 1.587 degrees

Locations: Berga Resort, Berga, Barcelona, Spain

Data source: Backyard

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