Astrophoto: Mu Cephei by Jan Inge Berentsen Anvik

Astrophoto: Mu Cephei by Jan Inge Berentsen Anvik

Article written: 29 Oct , 2011
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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This two-panel mosaic image of Mu Cephei in IC1396 was captured by Jan Inge Berentsen Anvik in Oslo, Norway during the spring/fall of 2011.

Mu Cephei is a red supergiant star located in the constellation Cepheus, at the top of the emission nebula IC 1396. The star is approximately 1,650 times larger than our Sun’s solar radius. Mu Cephei is also called Herschel’s Garnet Star because of its notable deep red color.

Here are some technical details about the image:
Palette: HST (SII-Ha-OIII)
Optics: Vixen R200SS 8″ f/4 MPCC
Camera: QSI 583wsg
Guider: DSI II via OAG
Mount: EM-200 Temma 2m
Exposures: Ha: 32h, OIII:12,5h, SII:28h, 30 minute subs +Darks, Flats
Total 72h 30min
Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha, OIII, SII

For more photos, you may check out Jan’s Flickr page.

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3 Responses

  1. Anonymous says

    Great picture! I’m curious about the dashed spikes…

  2. fab pic! it does look like a person about to bowl a bowling ball has popped out of the empty space behind!

  3. Beautiful, with a nice retro quality. Takes me back to the pre-Hubble era when all photographs of nebulae looked like this.

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