NGC 2264 : Cone Nebula and Christmass Tree

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
-


NGC Number:
NGC 2264


Common Name:
The Cone Nebula


Constellation:
Monoceros


Distance from Earth:
2600 light years


Visual Magnitude:
3.9


Size:
20'


Rate:

Description:
NGC 2264 is the designation number of the New General Catalogue that identifies four astronomical objects as a single object: the Cone Nebula, the Christmas Tree Cluster, Snowflake Cluster,and the Fox Fur Nebula. All of the objects are located in the Monoceros constellation and are located about 800 parsecs or 2600 light-years from Earth. NGC 2264 is sometimes referred to as the Christmas Tree Cluster and the Cone Nebula. However, the designation of NGC 2264 in the New General Catalogue refers to both objects and not the cluster alone. (Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
26 December 2008


Location:
Italy - Pass Celado (Trento)

Weather:
Temp = -8C


Equipment:
Skywatcher HEq5 Pro
Skywatcher ED80
Images aquired with: 

Canon 350D unfiltred


Exposure Specs:
Lights: 
10x60 sec @ 1600ISO

Darks: 
10x60 sec @ 1600ISO

Flats: - 
Offsets: 46

Total Exposure:10min


Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 2

 

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