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NGC  2264,  The  Christmas  tree  Cluster 

and  The  Cone  Nebula,  in  Monoceros

   The naming of this winter scene becomes obvious when the above image is rotated 90 degrees clockwise. The bright star at the right (S [15] Monocerotis) is the base of the tree and the dark conical object at the left is the decoration on the top. The cluster is approximately 3000 ly distant. Although the primary nebula color is hydrogen-alpha-red, there is also a lot of blue reflected light around S-Monocerotis. The Cone nebula is shown at higher resolution in the image below.

 Date  2003-02-07,-08  (above image)
 Scope

 Astro-Physics 130 EDFs refractor at f/6  with ST-10XME CCD camera at -15 C on the 

  A-P 1200 GTO  mount.   Guided with ST-4 guider on separate guide scope. SBIG CFW-8 filter wheel.         

 Exposure

 Sixteen 5 min exposures R, G, and B at 1x1 binning.  Total 240 minutes.

 Processing  

 Raw frames calibrated and debloomed with Wodaski's Debloomer plug-in in MaxIm 3.09. Master R, G, and B

  frames were then created and the RGB color combine  carried out  in MaxIm. The image was  then imported 

  into Photoshop and adjusted with Levels, Curves, and Color correction. Finally, smoothing was applied 

  with SGBNR.

 

 

 Date  2003-02-21 (above image)
 Scope

 RCOS 12.5 inch RC telescope at f/6.8  with ST-10XME CCD camera at -20 C on the 

  A-P 1200 GTO  mount.   Guided with  the internal guide chip. SBIG CFW-8 filter wheel.         

 Exposure

 Six 10 min R, G, and B exposures at 2x2 binning.  Total 180 minutes.

 Processing  

 Raw frames calibrated in MaxIm 3.09. Master R, G, and B  frames were then created and the RGB color 

  combine carried out  in MaxIm. The image was  then imported into Photoshop and adjusted with Levels, 

  Curves, and Color correction. Finally, smoothing was applied with SGBNR.

 

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