NGC 918 and galactic cirrus (MBM 8)

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Location / Date

Zellerndorf, October 2018

Telescope / Mount / Guiding

ASA 10" Astrograph, ASA 3" Wynne-Corrector (focal length 910mm)
ASA DDM60, no Guiding

Camera / Exposure

Moravian G3-16200, Astrodon filters

Lum    77 x 10min
R        16 x 10min
G        15 x 10min
B        15 x 10min

Total exposure time: 20h 30min


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NGC 918 is a spiral galaxy located about 60 million light-years away in the constellation Aries.

It is heavily obscured by interstellar dust clouds, also known as Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN) or Galactic Cirrus. The dust clouds with it's distorted shapes lies hundreds of light years above our Milky Way plane and reflect weakly the starlight of our Milky Way.

These high galactic latitude molecular clouds were investigated and catalogued by the astronomers Magnani, Blitz and Mundy (MBM). This image contains MBM 8 and a small part of MBM 7.

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