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NGC2264 & NGC2261 / Christmas Tree Cluster, Cone Nebula & Hubble variable Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: TAMRON 500mm f8

Imaging camera: Canon 400D

Mount: Meade LX90 12" Fork Mount

Guiding telescope or lens: Celestron C8

Guiding camera: Lunatico Astronomia QHY5

Software: Pixinsight LEMaximDL 5PHD Guiding

Filter: Astronomik CLS Clip CLS clip-in

Accessory: MEADE Autostar 497

Resolution: 3770x2476

Dates: Feb. 22, 2014Feb. 23, 2014

Frames: Astronomik CLS Clip CLS clip-in: 10x1800" ISO1600 bin 1x1

Integration: 5.0 hours

Darks: ~22

Flats: ~150

Bias: ~200

Avg. Moon age: 21.94 days

Avg. Moon phase: 52.22%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Temperature: 5.00 job: 187976

RA center: 100.269 degrees

DEC center: 9.542 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.348 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 175.093 degrees

Field radius: 1.471 degrees

Locations: MPC - K09 / Observatori Lliçà d'Amunt, Lliçà d'Amunt, Barcelona, Spain


At last I have managed to photograph this object, NGC2264, very difficult with a suburban sky like mine, which took months chasing, and incidentally, without knowing it, I photographed the curious NGC2261, a variable nebula that always arouse my curiosity.



Ferran Ginebrosa

Sky plot

Sky plot


NGC2264 & NGC2261 / Christmas Tree Cluster, Cone Nebula & Hubble variable Nebula, Ferran Ginebrosa