IC405 (The Flaming Star), IC410, IC417 and Open Cluster M38 in Auriga 

IC405, IC410, IC417, M38

IC405 - The Flaming Star Nebula (top) and IC410 (right side middle) are two dramatic nebulae in Auriga. Favourites of astrophotographers. In this super wide field view we also have IC417, the small nebula at bottom centre.
In the lower left corner is Open Cluster M38 which is a show-piece object visually as well as photographically.

Apogee U16M camera w Astrodon Gen II filters
Takahashi FSQ Refractor w Robofocus
8 x 15 min for H-Alpha; 11 x 5 min for each of RGB
Paramount ME guided w ST-402 and eFinder
Image acquisition in CCDSoft5

Calibration, Alignment and Sigma Reject combine in Maxim
Colours combined and blended with the H-Alpha data in PS CS4
Levels, Curves, very slight and selective sharpening in PS CS4

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Captured October 9th, 2010
Flesherton, Ontario