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Foxfur and Cone Nebula


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These nebula (also known as the Christmas Tree Cluster) are about 2600 light years distant in the Monoceros constellation.

They are reflective and emission nebulas - the Foxfur nebula is formed by interstellar dust reflecting light from the brightest stars which glows blue.

I managed to capture 60mins of RGB data (no filter) and 45mins of 'H-alpha' data (using the L-eNance filter) over two consecutive nights with the moon at first quarter in mediocre weather conditions. Bortle class 6 back garden.

Equipment: HEQ5 mount    Canon 650D (ISO1600)   SW200P

Stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop CS2 (two images into one).

Hope u like.




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