IC443 Jellyfish Nebula is beginning its visibility season, rising early in the pre-dawn hours, so it has made its way onto my September imaging target list. One brief look at it last Saturday night provided placeholder #1 to whet your appetite for more to come!

IC443 Jellyfish Nebula

IC443 jellyfish nebula multi-session image
IC443 Jellyfish Nebula; 3-session image: 28Jan2022 (RaBB at Kiowa National Grasslands), 7Feb2023 (HCH ASI2400BZLeX) and 9Sep2023 (HCH ASI2400BBLeX)

IC443 Jellyfish Nebula

The IC443 Jellyfish Nebula is an intriguing and beautiful supernova remnant in the Gemini constellation.   I’ve imaged it several times over the last almost two years – never completely satisfied with the result.  So, I’ve been anxiously awaiting its visibility’s return when I could get another shot at it.  Last Saturday night (actually early Sunday morning) I got the chance and took the shot – although it was for a measly 1.5 hours in the Bortle 6 skies from my front patio in Colorado Springs – giving an underwhelming result.  

I processed (and actually posted) the resulting image.  As I was posting it I took a look at the images that were already on the gallery page and got to wondering what a multi-session image might look like.  So, instead of being out in dark skies gathering more data during the New Moon, as we’d planned before Mother Nature had her cloudy, rainy temper tantrum, I’m reprocessing my existing data in different combinations!  

Go take a look at my nebula gallery, specifically here:  where the individual images with their capture information, and the multi-session images are posted.  …and don’t be concerned, as you may already know, I’ve been known to obsess about things.  Capturing that perfectly framed image in dark skies is one of my main obsessions these days.   There will be more Jellyfish floating through this site bumping out the placeholders!