NGC 1333 is a small reflection nebula which belongs to the Perseus OB2 molecular cloud complex.

The nebula is a young active region of star formation in the constellation Perseus, the stars forming in this region are estimated to be less than 1 million years old.

At a distance of “only” a 1000 light years it is one of the nearest star forming regions.

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Object info
Name NGC1333
Type Reflection nebula
Constellation Perseus
Right ascension 03h 29m 02s
Declination +31° 21′ 00″
Distance 1.000 ly
Other designations
Image info
Image date Oct. 21, 2011
Light frames 15x 10 min. UHC-S unbinned
Total integration 2h 30m
Dark frames 10x
Flat frames 10x p. filter unbinned, created with an A3 size Posterpoweruk flatfield panel
Bias frames 10x
Software used CCDOps, CCDSoft, ImagesPlus, Photoshop CS4
Processing CCDOPS was used for focussing. Image Acquisition was done using CCDSoft.
All separate frames were calibrated, aligned and stacked in MaxIm DL5 Pro.
Photoshop CS4 was used for further processing – curves adjustment, levels adjustment, etc.
Noel Carboni’s toolset was used as well (Local Contrast Enhancement, Deep Space Noise Reduction).
Equipment info
Telescope TMB/LOMO 80/480
Corrector Televue 2″ TRF 2008 flattener/reducer (FL: 384mm f/4.8)
Mount Losmandy G-11 Gemini
Camera SBIG ST-8300M
Guide camera Atik 1HS Mono
Guide scope Vixen VMC110L
Autoguide software PHD Guiding
Filters Baader 2″ UHC-S
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
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