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NGC 2264 area in Monoceros

About this object

This is a wide field image of a beautiful area in the constellation Monoceros covering 3.5x2.5 deg of sky. Within this area is the famous Christmas Tree cluster and Cone nebula near the left center of the image. This area is red from emission and contains a bright blue reflection nebula. Off to the right center is a large open cluster of stars known as TR5. Near lower center of the image is a neat nebula called Hubble's Variable Nebula. This entire area has red emission, reflection and dense dark clouds of dust.

Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SV102T Refractor with Field Flattener and SVQ100
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: SBIG STL 11K
  • Filters:SBIG LRGB filters
  • Exposure: LRGB 110:120:120:110
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 5.23, CCD Commander
  • Processing: PixInsight 1.8 RC7, Photoshop CS6
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: Dec 13
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