Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Monoceros (Mon)  ·  Contains:  15 S Mon  ·  Christmas Tree Cluster  ·  NGC 2264  ·  Sh2-273  ·  The star 15Mon
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NGC2264 Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster, 



    
        

            Gebhard Maurer
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NGC2264 Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster

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NGC2264 Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster, 



    
        

            Gebhard Maurer
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NGC2264 Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Skywatcher Newton 200/1000 PDS

Imaging cameras: Canon EOS 600Da

Mounts: Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 Pro

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Lacerta MGEN2-Autoguider with 9x50 Finder Scope

Software: PixInsight PixInsinght 1.8

Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS D1 2"


Dates:Jan. 3, 2020

Frames:Hutech IDAS LPS D1 2": 46x300" ISO800

Integration: 3.8 hours

Darks: ~35

Flats: ~60

Bias: ~64

Avg. Moon age: 7.65 days

Avg. Moon phase: 52.87%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Mean FWHM: 4.50


Astrometry.net job: 3373656

RA center: 6h 41' 1"

DEC center: +9° 36' 54"

Pixel scale: 0.883 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 119.019 degrees

Field radius: 0.700 degrees


Resolution: 4842x3016

Locations: Backyard, Raglitz, Niederösterreich, Austria

Data source: Traveller

Description

My first try on the NGC2264 Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster. Need some extra time to get more details and less noise.

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. Two other objects are within this designation but not officially included, the Snowflake Cluster and the Fox Fur Nebula.
All of the objects are located in the Monoceros constellation and are located about 800 parsecs or 2,600 light-years from Earth. NGC 2264 is sometimes referred to as the Christmas Tree Cluster and the Cone Nebula. However, the designation of NGC 2264 in the New General Catalogue refers to both objects and not the cluster alone.
NGC 2264 is the location where the Cone Nebula, the Stellar Snowflake Cluster and the Christmas Tree Cluster have formed in this emission nebula. For reference, the Stellar Snowflake Cluster is located 2,700 light years away in the constellation Monoceros. The Monoceros constellation is not typically visible by the naked eye due to its lack of colossal stars.

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NGC2264 Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster, 



    
        

            Gebhard Maurer