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Contains:  Cone nebula, Christmas Tree cluster, NGC 2264, Hubble's variable neb, NGC 2261, The star 15Mon
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Cone Nebula and Christmas tree - NGC 2264, 


Cone Nebula and Christmas tree - NGC 2264

Cone Nebula and Christmas tree - NGC 2264

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Takahashi FSQ85

Imaging camera:QSI683wsg

Mount:Orion Atlas EQ-G + EQDIR

Guiding telescope or lens:Takahashi FSQ85

Guiding camera:Lodestar

Software:PixInsight PinInsight 1.8

Filters:Astrodon LRGB Tru-Balance E-series Gen IIAstrodon 5nm Halpha

Resolution: 1176x1522

Dates:Feb. 13, 2015

Astrodon 5nm Halpha: 20x600" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon LRGB Tru-Balance E-series Gen II: 15x300" -20C bin 2x2

Integration: 4.6 hours

Avg. Moon age: 23.47 days

Avg. Moon phase: 36.10% job: 828184

RA center: 100.237 degrees

DEC center: 9.785 degrees

Pixel scale: 4.954 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 173.358 degrees

Field radius: 1.323 degrees


NGC 2264 is the designation number of the New General Catalogue that identifies two astronomical objects as a single object: the Cone Nebula, and the Christmas Tree Cluster.
All of the objects are located in the Monoceros constellation and are located about 800 parsecs or 2600 light-years from Earth.

NGC 2261 (also known as Hubble's Variable Nebula or Caldwell 46) is a variable nebula located in the constellation Monoceros (Bottom right). It is illuminated by the star R Monocerotis (R Mon), which is not directly visible.

Ha - 20 x 10mins
RGB - 5 each of 5 mins, 2xBinned
Captured at Area63, South Florida.

Stack and aligned using MaximDL and Post processed using PixInsight.



License: Attribution Creative Commons


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Cone Nebula and Christmas tree - NGC 2264,