Soul Nebula Westerhout 5 (Sharpless 2-199) in Hydrogen-alpha

October 12, 2021 - Reading time: ~1 minute

From last night's imaging run: Soul Nebula (Westerhout 5, Sharpless 2-199) in the Constellation Cassiopeia, 65 x 240 second stacked subs with the William Optics SpaceCat51 APO refractor, ZWO ASI1600MM-Pro monochrome camera, and the Antlia 3nm Ha Pro narrowband filter. The designation IC 1848, which is the catalog entry for the star cluster in the lower right region of the nebula, but it's popularly used to refer to the entire nebula. The Soul is a massive star-forming region about 6500 lightyears away, with several open clusters, including CR 34, 632, and 634.