Date: December 23,28-31st 2023

221 x 5 minutes (18hr 25mins)
74 x 30 seconds (37mins)

Total: 19hr 2min

About This Image


Telescope: Stellarvue SVX130T-R
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Camera: Player One Poseidon-C Pro
Filter: Player One Duoband Anti-Halo
Accessories: 3.5" Feathertouch • Stellarvue SFFR
Guiding: Starfield 50mm Guide Scope • Player One Neptune 664C • PHD2
Software: Photoshop • PixInsight • TheSkyX • Starkeeper Voyager • GraXpert


The Tadpoles Nebula, also known as IC410, is a captivating dusty emission nebula situated in the constellation of Auriga, approximately 12,000 light-years away from Earth[1][2]. This nebula is part of a larger star-forming region that includes the Flaming Star Nebula. Illuminated by the radiation from the young open star cluster NGC1893 at its center, IC410 showcases intricate gas structures. The star cluster within the nebula is relatively young at around 4 million years old, characterized by hot, massive stars. Notably, two dense structures resembling the famous Pillars of Creation are visible in a region of the cluster. These structures are composed of dust and gas remnants from the star cluster's formation and are likely to give rise to new stars in the future. Their orientation away from the nebula's center is influenced by stellar winds and radiation pressure from NGC 1893's stars[1].

This nebula, not classified as a Messier Object, requires at least 7x50 binoculars for observation due to its distance and faint visual brightness of 10.00 Magnitude. Positioned at coordinates 05:22:00 (R.A.) and 33:29:00 (Dec.) The Tadpoles Nebula lies north of the Ecliptic path followed by Earth as it orbits the Sun. Despite its distance making it invisible to the naked eye, IC410's allure lies in its intricate gas structures and association with a young star cluster that continues to shape this stellar nursery[2].

Depicted in a modified HOO color palette inspired by Hubble images.


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Distance: 12,000 light-years
Size: 100 light-years


Location in the Night Sky

(Star Chart created using PixInsight)


All Images    Craig Sherris