Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  Flaming Star nebula  ·  IC 405  ·  The star 19Aur
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IC405 Flaming Star Nebula, 


IC405 Flaming Star Nebula
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IC405 Flaming Star Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron 9.25" EdgeHD

Imaging cameras: ZWO Optical ASI 294 MC PRO

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI 174mm Mini

Focal reducers: Hyperstar Edge HD HyperStar for Celestron EdgeHD

Software: PixInsight 1.8.6 PixInsight

Filters: Optolong L-pro

Accessory: Telrad Finder

Dates:April 27, 2019

Frames: 50x30"

Integration: 0.4 hours

Avg. Moon age: 22.65 days

Avg. Moon phase: 44.66%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2683541

RA center: 5h 16' 16"

DEC center: +34° 18' 36"

Pixel scale: 1.427 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 339.017 degrees

Field radius: 1.270 degrees

Resolution: 1824x1228

Locations: Home, Houston, TX, United States

Data source: Backyard


This star is on FIRE! IC405 also known as the Flaming Star Nebula doubles as an emission and reflection nebula; emission because the ionized gases which make it up emit light at different wavelengths (as evident in the red and light blue ripples at its center) and reflection because it reflects the light from the star AE Aurigae (the bright star in the middle of the image). The Flaming Star Nebula is 1,500 light years from Earth and approximately 5 light years across.

This is my favorite nebula to image thus far. It proved to be a challenging target given that it's not very bright (magnitude 10.0) which made it difficult to locate and center in the frame (the light pollution I deal with on a nightly basis didn't help either!). The blue and red at the center truly make it appear as though AE Aurigae is keeping us warm with a camp fire in the night sky.



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IC405 Flaming Star Nebula,