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The Rosette Nebula (NGC 22379) in Monoceros

     The Rosette in Monoceros is large! Measuring about 80x60 minutes, it requires a short focal length scope. Furthermore, it's faint, so centering it in the field of view of the camera is not easy (a point confirmed by the above off-center image). The bright open star cluster in the center of the rosette is NGC 2244. The streaks across the top are scanner artifacts. It's a beautiful object, however, so it will be getting return visits until I get an image that looks right!

 Date  2000 December 27. Temp 33 F, heavy dew.
 Scope  Astro-Physics 130 f4.5 and field flattener on G-11 mount
 Exposure  Kodak LE 400, 1 @ 70 min & no filter;  1 @ 50 min with Tokai filter 
 Processing   Stacked in RegiStar, stretched in PhotoShop