A Cosmic Angel in Space

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Located in the constellation of Monoceros (Unicorn), the image shows the dusty brown-reddened field which seems to surround a central colorful cosmic Angel, also known as NGC 2170. The Angel Nebula is featuring a red emission nebulae along the pink skirt crossed by a dark belt of absorption nebulae, while the wings of the angel are just reflecting the light of nearby hot stars, forming a bluish reflection nebulae. Along the end of this angelic cosmic dress, adorning the seam of the pink skirt, we can find a beautiful small cluster of colorful diffuse stars adding a final touch of glamour to this celestial portrait, which comprise a total amount of 18 hours of exposure, captured from Cumeada Observatory, official headquarter of Dark Sky® Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal.

PT: Localizada na constelação de Monoceros (Unicórnio), a imagem revela o campo poeirento castanho avermelhado que parece circundar um colorido Anjo cósmico ao centro, também conhecido como NGC 2170. A Nebulosa do Anjo apresenta uma nebulosa de emissão vermelha ao longo da “saia rosa-violeta” atravessada por um cinturão escuro de nebulosas de absorção, enquanto as asas do anjo estão apenas a reflectir a luz de estrelas quentes situadas nas proximidades, formando assim uma nebulosa de reflexão azulada. Ao longo deste vestido cósmico angelical, adornando a costura da saia rosa-violeta, podemos encontrar um lindo e pequeno aglomerado de estrelas difusas coloridas que acresentam um toque final de glamour a este retrato celestial, que condensa um total de 18 horas de exposição captadas a partir do Observatório da Cumeada, Sede Oficial do Dark Sky@ Alqueva, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal.


Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

Taka FSQ-106ED + Extender-Q 1.6x – EM200 auto-guided | Nikon D810a with Crop 1,5x | ISO2500 – Exp. 300 seconds x 216 lights | Total integration of 216 Lights: 1080 minutes = 18 hours. A comparison (Before & After) between the single exposure and stacked result is available here. Processing on PixInsight 1.8.8-7 and Photoshop CC 2021. Cumeada Observatory from Dark Sky® Alqueva Reserve, Reguengos de Monsaraz.


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