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Contains:  Cone nebula, Christmas Tree cluster, NGC 2264, NGC 2259, NGC 2247, NGC 2245, IC 2169, IC 446, The star 15Mon
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NGC2264 Wide Field Region, 


            Jon Rista
NGC2264 Wide Field Region

NGC2264 Wide Field Region

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Canon EF 600mm f/4 L II

Imaging camera:Canon 5D mark III

Mount:Orion Atlas EQ-G

Guiding telescope or lens:ORION 80mm Short Tube

Guiding camera:QHY5L-II Mono

Software:PixInsight PixInsinghtO'Telescope BackyardEOS

Resolution: 5728x3816

Dates:March 10, 2016

Frames: 18x600" ISO400 19C bin 1x1

Integration: 3.0 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~30

Bias: ~512

Avg. Moon age: 1.63 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.99%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Mean SQM: 21.40

Temperature: 11.00 job: 1055808

RA center: 99.054 degrees

DEC center: 9.817 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.207 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.541 degrees

Field radius: 2.110 degrees


Wow this is one PACKED regions of space! Never knew there was so many different objects, particularly named objects, packed into this one field. This is probably one of my favorite images so far, and I'll definitely be revisiting some of these areas at a higher resolution in the (hopefully) near future with CCD and narrow band.

Revision A: Original image, traditional PixInsight processing (enhanced color processing)
Revision B: Annotated image
Revision C: Alternate processing approach using a proper Canon EOS color transformation matrix to handle color processing.



Jon Rista
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  • NGC2264 Wide Field Region, 


            Jon Rista
  • NGC2264 Wide Field Region, 


            Jon Rista
  • NGC2264 Wide Field Region, 


            Jon Rista
  • NGC2264 Wide Field Region, 


            Jon Rista
  • Final
    NGC2264 Wide Field Region, 


            Jon Rista

Sky plot

Sky plot


NGC2264 Wide Field Region, 


            Jon Rista

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