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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Finally a clear night up here 65N!
NGC 2264, the "Cone Nebula"
HST-palette, (HST=Hubble Space Telescope)
from the emission of ionized elements, R=Sulfur, G=Hydrogen and B=Oxygen.
After a long cloudy period we had a clear night. I was able to finalize this target at one night, it'll benefit some more exposures though but I might leave it as it is. Seeing was bad, as usually at this time of year up here, Temperature dropped to -24 Celsius.
The Cone Nebula is an Hydrogen emission region in the constellation Monoceros. Nebula is located about 2600 light years away from Earth. The cone Nebula forms part of the nebulosity surrounding the Christmas Tree Cluster. Note, NGC 2264 refers to both objects, not the nebula alone.
I have shot this object and the Rosette Nebula as a mosaic at Spring 2009, image can be found here:
The Cone Nebula area can be seen at the Left side.