DETAILS: Imaged on 011505 with the 12.5" Truss RC on an ME Robotic German Equatorial Mount, using an ST-10XME camera at f6.8 (AP .67 focal reducer), and guided on the internal guide chip. Three hours of Luminance and 40 minutes each of RGB were aligned with RegiStar, and combined in both MaxIm DL using the RC Console, and in Photoshop CS with various plug-ins. High, variable and thin clouds severely extinguished the blue channel, and plans are to image this target again on a better night.
COMMENTARY: NGC1333 is a prolific star-forming region about one thousand light-years distant in the direction of the Constellation Perseus. Many young stars, less than one million years old radiate copious amounts of gas and high-energy particles stirring up the gas and dust in the region causing many shock fronts and the colorful brightly glowing areas in the image. The nebulosity in this image is itself einbedded in the vast Perseus Giant Molecular Cloud.