NGC2264 - The Christmas Tree Cluster & The Cone & Foxful Nebulas

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Anacortes Telescope & Wild Bird Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 9, 2005

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Image Data: Object Information:
  • Exposure:  (Ha) HaGB
    • All exposures binned 1x1
    • Ha 24x900s, G 18x260s, B 18x440s
  • Telescope:  Stellarvue SV80S @ f/4.77
  • Mount:  MI-250 GoTo
  • Camera:  SBIG ST-2000XM CCD, SBIG CFW-8
  • Location:  My backyard in Goleta, CA
  • Date/Time: 
    • Ha: December 18-19, 2004,  21:26-04:42 PST
    • G: December 11, 2004, 21:46-23:19 PST
    • B: December 11, 2004, 02:36-05:06 PST
  • Processing:  Taken  in CCDSoft v5 using CCDCommander.  Reduced in CCDSoft.  Aligned with RegiStar.  Combined sub-exposures with Ray Gralak's Sigma Clip.  DDP to with custom software.  Curves, levels, unsharp mask, high pass filter, selective blur in Photoshop.
  • Name:  NGC2264, Sh2-273, The Christmas Tree Cluster, The Cone Nebula, The Foxfur Nebula
  • Type:  Emission & Reflection nebula, Open Cluster
  • Constellation:  Monoceros
  • Distance: 2400 light years
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