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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rosette Nebula, apparent scale in a sky, horizontal edition in two palettes

I have shot many targets with several focal lengths. 
Due that, I will publish some of my material as an image sets, with different field of view and detail levels.
The fractal nature of our universe stands out nicely by this way and it will make the orientation more easy.

Many times, it's difficult to understand the image scale of astronomical images.
Due that, I will add a Moon circle in some of the images to show the angular scale in a sky. 
The full Moon has an angular size of ~30 arc minutes, that's equal to ~0,5 degrees.

"Rosette Nebula"
Ra 06h 33m 45s Dec +04° 59′ 54″, in constellation Orion

Images are in HST-palette, (HST=Hubble Space Telescope)
from the emission of ionized elements, R=Sulfur, G=Hydrogen and B=Oxygen.
Star colors are mixed from the NB channels, Red=H-a, G=O-III and B= 85%O-III + 15%H-a.
NOTE. The size of the full Moon (0,5 degrees) is marked as a gray circle in all of the images.

Information about the Rosette Nebula

The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is a large, circular H II region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros. The open cluster NGC 2244(Caldwell 50) is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula's matter. The cluster and nebula locates at a distance of about 5,200 light years from Earth. The diameter is about 130 light years. 

The radiation from the young stars ionized the atoms in the nebula, causing them to emit light, typical to each element, producing the visible nebula. Stellar winds, radiation pressure, from a group of stars cause compression to the interstellar clouds, followed by star formation in the nebula. This star formation is currently still ongoing.

Natural color composition from the emission of ionized elements, R=80%Hydrogen+20%Sulfur, G=100%Oxygen and B=85%Oxygen+15%Hydrogen to compensate otherwise missing H-beta emission. This composition is very close to a visual spectrum.
NOTE. The size of the full Moon (0,5 degrees) is marked as a scale.

Images from top to bottom

1. Two panel mosaic of Cone and Rosette Nebulae. Shot with a Canon EF 200mm f1.8 lens, Baader NB-filters and QHY9 cooled astronomical camera.
2. The Rosette half of the mosaic image.
3. Rosette Nebula with a Tokina AT-X 300mm f2.8 lens, Baader NB-filter set and QHY9 astro camera.
4. Rosette closeup with Meade LX200 GPS 12" 2000mm, NB-filters and QHY9 camera.

Technical details for all of the images above, can be found in my portfolio:

Vertical versions can be seen here:
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