Melotte 15 in Cassiopeia

Melotte 15 Nebula Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Cos­mic clouds form fant­ast­ic shapes in the cent­ral regions of emis­sion neb­ula IC 1805. The clouds are sculp­ted by stel­lar winds and radi­ation from massive hot stars in the neb­u­la’s new­born star cluster, Melotte 15. About 1.5 mil­lion years young, the cluster stars are scattered in this col­or­ful sky­scape, along with dark dust clouds in sil­hou­ette against glow­ing atom­ic gas.

Wider field images reveal that IC 1805’s sim­pler, over­all out­line sug­gests its pop­u­lar name — The Heart Neb­ula. IC 1805 is loc­ated about 7,500 light years away toward the boast­ful con­stel­la­tion Cassiopeia.

[descrip­tion from APOD]

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RCOS 14.5” f/​8
ASA DDM85
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
HaLRGB 800:480:220:180:180 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Melotte 15

Melotte 15 Nebula Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

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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.

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