Christmas Tree & Cone Nebula

Photographs by Andy StrappazzonPhotographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
-


NGC Number:
NGC 2264


Common Name:
The Cone Nebula
Chrismass Tree


Constellation:
Monoceros


Distance from Earth:
2700 light years


Visual Magnitude:
3.9


Size:
10' 26'


Rate:

Description:
The Cone Nebula is an H II region in the constellation of Monoceros. It was discovered by William Herschel on December 26, 1785, at which time he designated it H V.27. The nebula is located about 800 parsecs or 2,600 light-years away from Earth. The Cone Nebula forms part of the nebulosity surrounding the Christmas Tree Cluster. The designation of NGC 2264 in the New General Catalogue refers to both objects and not the nebula alone. The diffuse Cone Nebula, so named because of its apparent shape, lies in the southern part of NGC 2264, the northern part being the magnitude-3.9 Christmas Tree Cluster. It is in the northern part of Monoceros, just north of the midpoint of a line from Procyon to Betelgeuse. (Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
16 December 2009


Location:
Italy - Passo Celado (Trento)

Weather:
Temp = -7C


Equipment:
Skywatcher NEq6 Pro
Skywatcher ED80

Willians Optic Fiel Flatener x0.8 III
Images aquired with: 

Canon 350D unfiltred
Autoguided with:
Antares / Starshooter/ Phd


Exposure Specs:
Lights: 
5x300 sec @ 800ISO
10x600 sec @ 800ISO

 

Darks: 
13x300 sec @ 800ISO
5x60
0 sec @ 800ISO

Flats: - 
Offsets: 46

Total Exposure: 2h5min


Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 2

 

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