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NGC2264 - Cone Nebula


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         Object NGC2264 - Cone Nebula
         Comment Located in the constellation Monoceros, the Cone Nebula (NGC2264) is part of a greater formation of nebulosity known as the Christmas tree. The cone is a stellar nursery comprising of cold molecular hydrogen and dust, producing a dark absorption nebula. These properties mask the vibrant red hues of hydrogen atoms being ionized by the bright star S Monocerotos. The Cone Nebula resides approximately 2,500 light-years away.

The image is a L+[Ha+R]+RGB composite. Data acquired on the Lightbuckets 20" RCOS.
         Optics RCOS 20" F/8.1 (4115mm FL)
         Camera SBIG STL-11000M - 1x1 bin (image scale .45 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 4.5 hours (L:90min,Ha:180min,R:60min,G:60min,B:60min)
         Date 22/11/2008


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