IC 410, the Tadpoles Nebula

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IC 410 lies about 12,000 light years away, in the constellation Auriga. This emission nebula surrounds the “recently” formed (4 million years ago) open cluster NGC 1893 (seen just below-left the dark nebulosity located in the center of this image. IC 410 is a nebula that is triggering massive star birth (especially around Simeis 129 and 130, the two tadpoles, a detail of which is seen below) and will all but disappear due to the strong stellar winds from these hot, young stars.

This image was taken with narrowband filters (HOS) and they were color mapped to a modified Hubble palette.



Additional Information


Name(s): IC 410. Tadpoles Nebula

Type: Emission Nebula

RA:  5h 23m 08s

Dec: +33º 28’ 50”

Constellation: Auriga

Size (arcmin): 40×30 arcmin

Magnitude: +10.0

Distance: 12,000 ly


Date: 2022-01-21 to 2022-02-25

Location: Curiosity2 Observatory, New Mexico Skies, Mayhill, NM, USA

Size (arcmin): 31×31 arcmin

Telescope: 24” (61 cm) f/6.5 Reflector

Camera: FLI PL16803 (4096x4096pix)

Guiding: Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider

Total exposure: 33 hours (Ha: 10h; OIII: 10h; SII: 10h; RGB: 3h)

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2022

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