Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Orion (Ori)  ·  Contains:  IC2159  ·  Monkey Head Nebula  ·  NGC 2174  ·  NGC 2175  ·  NGC2174  ·  NGC2175  ·  Sh2-252
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NGC 2174/2175 The Monkey Head Nebula SHO, 


            Tom Peter AKA Astrovetteman
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NGC 2174/2175 The Monkey Head Nebula SHO

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Planewave 24" CDK24

Mounts: 10 Micron GM3000

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Planewave 24" CDK24

Software: PinInsight 1.8  ·  Adobe Photoshop CS5 Photoshop CS5

Filters: Chroma technology SII 50mm Unmounted  ·  Chroma technology OIII 3nm 50mm Unmounted  ·  Chroma technology Ha 3nm 50mm Unmounted

Dates:March 4, 2021

Frames: 30x300"

Integration: 2.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 20.45 days

Avg. Moon phase: 67.63%

Astrometry.net job: 4273178

RA center: 6h 9' 38"

DEC center: +20° 28' 46"

Pixel scale: 0.620 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -179.342 degrees

Field radius: 0.372 degrees

Resolution: 3056x3056

Locations: Telescope Live-Chile, El Sauce, Chile

Data source: Amateur hosting facility


The Monkey Head Nebula, also known as NGC 2174/2175, is located in the constellation Orion. The designation NGC 2174 refers to the nebula and NGC 2175 refers to the open cluster within the nebula. It's an HII emission nebula located at a distance of 6,400 light-years from Earth. The nebula, itself, covers an area larger than the full Moon.
I produced this image from 5 separate One-Click Observations on Telescope Live taken by their PlaneWave CDK24/FLI ProLine PL9000. The exposure lengths were 300s each SHO, so there's 10 each at 300s, for a total exposure time of 150 minutes. This was processed in Pixinsight and tweaked in Photoshop using the Hubble Palette.
Anyway, hope ya like it!
PS: Personally, I think it looks like the Gopher on "Caddyshack"!!!.......I'm alright, don't nobody worry "bout me!


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NGC 2174/2175 The Monkey Head Nebula SHO, 


            Tom Peter AKA Astrovetteman