IC 59 and IC 63 in Cassiopeia

IC 59 and IC 63 in Cassiopeia Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

IC 59 (left) and IC 63 (right) are two comet-shaped clouds near gamma Cas, the bright star in the upper left corner. The ultra­vi­olet radi­ation of the star ion­izes the atoms of these clouds, which emits light dur­ing recom­bin­a­tion. Gamma Cas, IC 59 and IC 63 are estim­ated to be about 600 lightyears from earth in the con­stel­la­tion of Cassiopeia.

Long exposed RGB data was com­bined with Ha nar­row­band data. Con­sid­er­able effort was required to reduce the bright­ness and reflec­tions of gamma Cas (mag 2.15). North is at about 6 o’c­lock in this image.


RCOS 14.5” f/​8
Andor CG16M
Astro­don Gen2
HaR­GB 680:240:240:240 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart IC 59 and IC 63

IC 59 and IC 63 in Cassiopeia Sky Chart Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Image cre­ated by Skychart

About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.