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NGC 2264 - Fox Fur, Unicorn, and Christmas Tree in (Ha) filter, starless. | by wissam Ayoub
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NGC 2264 - Fox Fur, Unicorn, and Christmas Tree in (Ha) filter, starless.

Clouds of glowing hydrogen gas fill this skyscape in the faint but fanciful constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. A star forming region cataloged as NGC 2264, the complex jumble of cosmic gas and dust is about 2,700 light-years distant. Its cast of cosmic characters includes the the Fox Fur Nebula, whose dusty, convoluted pelt lies near the center, and the Cone Nebula pointing up from the bottom of the frame. The triangular tree shape is from the top side pointing towards the Cone.



Tech card:

Imaging telescope: Explore Scientific 127mm ED TRIPLET APO.

Imaging camera: ZWO ASI294MM-Pro.

Mount: iOptron CEM60.

Guiding camera: ZWO ASI290MM mini.

Focal reducer: Explore Scientific 0.7 Reducer/Flattener.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CC · Topaz Denoise Topaz · PixInsight 1.8.8 Ripley.

Accessory: ZWO EAF Electronic Auto Focuser · ZWO ASIAIR Pro · ZWO OAG · ZWO 8x 1.25" Filter Wheel (EFW).

Frames: Chroma 3nm Ha: 20x600" (gain: 200.00) -20C bin 1x1

Total integration: 3.3 hours.

Darks: ~50.

Avg. Moon age: 24.81 days.

Avg. Moon phase: 23.16%

Imaging date: Dec. 10, 2020.

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Temperature: 18.00.

Resolution: 8288x5644.

Imaging location: Abu Dhabi desert, United Arab Emirates.


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Uploaded on December 15, 2020