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NGC 7023 (Caldwell 4) - a reflection nebula in Cepheus

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Old December 18th 07, 01:02 PM posted to uk.sci.astronomy, sci.astro.amateur, sci.astro
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Default NGC 7023 (Caldwell 4) - a reflection nebula in Cepheus

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NGC 7023 (Caldwell 4) - a reflection nebula in Cepheus

The effect of stretching the image, using the Digital Development
option in MaxIm DL, can be quite dramatic. This is one of the reason
why I am concerned when I read about the discovery of new astronomical
objects based on short exposures using small telescopes.

I think it is quite clear from the image that the cloud of gas and
dust known as Caldwell 4 is significantly larger than just the portion
reflecting the star light (and hence appearing blue) - look at the
dark zones around the perimeter where there are few, if any, stars.


Martin Nicholson, Daventry, England.

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