IC 410 – The Tadpole Nebula


IC 410, the Tadpole Nebula. A cosmic pool of gas and dust illuminated by a cluster of young, hot stars. The heads of these “tadpoles” are sculpted by the radiation of the stars in the cluster. Photo taken using narrow bandwidth filters allowing only hydrogen-alpha, doubly ionized oxygen, and ionized sulfur to pass through, for 22 hours of total exposure.

Technical details:

Telescope: Celestron Edge HD14 with 0.7x focal reducer
Mount: Paramount MX+
Camera: ZWO ASI 2600MM in bin 2×2 mode
Filters: 2-inch Optolong H-alpha, OIII and SII narrowband filters
Exposures: Total of 22 hours of exposure with 20-minute subs in narrow bandwidth.
PixInsight processing with Sulfur II assigned to red, H-Alpha assigned to green, and Oxygen III assigned to blue.
Date: 5 nights in November and December 2021 as well as January 2022
Location: Backyard Observatory in Sainte-Sophie, Qc