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The Cone Nebula and 

Christmas Tree Nebula & Cluster (NGC 2264) 

     The more astrophotos one takes, the more one has to respect the people who have already been there. The Cone Nebula in Monoceros is a perfect example. This is a difficult target. Hard to find, faint, and hard to process the images!

    The Christmas Tree cluster is the group of bright stars enclosed within the conical red emission nebula coming in from the left in this shot. The very bright stars with bluish nebulosity are in the center of the tree, which is lying on its side. The Cone Nebula is the dark indentation at the top of the tree coming in from the left (south) in this image. Click here for a higher resolution image.


 2000 December 27 (1 image), 28 (2 images)


 Astro-Physics 130 EDF f6 on G-11 mount


 1 Kodak LE 400 @ f6, 61 min;  2 PPF 400 @ f4.5 with field flattener, 60 min   

 each, all with Tokai filter 


 Stacked in RegiStar, stretched in PhotoShop, smoothed in bigsmooth