NGC 2264 - Fox Fur Nebula

Show astrometry data
NGC 2264 is a region of HII gas clouds in the constellation Monoceros. The gas cloud includes the Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster. Hydrogen gas, stimulated by the light from  many hot blue stars, emits red light across the 2-degree field of view of this image. The Fox Fur Nebula, at the center of the image, is named for its resemblance to a fox fur stole. The blue area next to it is a reflection nebula, with gas reflecting the light from bright blue stars.
 
This image was shot with our 4-telescope array comprising four Officina Stellare RH300 f/3 scopes, two FLI 29052 cameras and two FLI 16803 cameras. While this object was only visible to us for 3-1/2 hours a night, we were able to capture almost 14 hours of data in that time. The final image is displayed in the HOS palette, with Hydrogen Alpha, Oxygen 3 and Sulfur 2 filters mapped to Red, Green and Blue channels respectively. 11 hours of Blue subexposures were added to enhance the reflection nebula, and short Red, Green and Blue exposures were added for true star color. In total, 1,143 individual images totaling 87 hours were collected. The imaging system is controlled with a custom version of Voyager software and was processed in PixInsight and Photoshop.

Shot and processed by the SC Observatory team: Mike Selby, Stefan Schmidt and Andy Chatman.

Object details

Nebula in Monoceros

Right Ascension: 06h 41m 57.8s

Declination: +09° 52' 29

Magnitude: 3.9

Moon Age Average: 19.91 days

Moon Phase Average: 63.29 %

Imaging Setup

Location:

SC Observatory, Central Thailand

Date:
Mar 1, 2018, Mar 2, 2018, Mar 3, 2018, Mar 4, 2018, Mar 5, 2018, Mar 11, 2018, Mar 12, 2018, Mar 14, 2018 and Mar 15, 2018
Telescope:
Officina Stellare Veloce RH 300
Focal Length:
900 mm
F-Ratio:
F/3
Mount:
Officina Stellare Polar Fork
Camera:
FLI PL 29052
Image Scale:
1.26 arcseconds/pixel
Imaging Software:

Voyager

Processing Software:

Adobe Photoshop

PixInsight 1.8


Exposure Detail

Filter Filter Brand Bin Qty Exposure
R Astrodon 1x 32 30
Ha Astrodon 1x 142 300
OIII Astrodon 1x 37 300
S2 Astrodon 1x 97 300


Imaging Setup

Location:

SC Observatory, Central Thailand

Date:
Mar 1, 2018, Mar 2, 2018, Mar 3, 2018, Mar 4, 2018, Mar 5, 2018, Mar 11, 2018, Mar 12, 2018, Mar 14, 2018 and Mar 15, 2018
Telescope:
Officina Stellare Veloce RH 300
Focal Length:
900 mm
F-Ratio:
F/3
Mount:
Officina Stellare Polar Fork
Camera:
FLI PL 16803
Image Scale:
2.06 arcseconds/pixel
Imaging Software:

Voyager

Processing Software:

Adobe Photoshop

PixInsight 1.8


Exposure Detail

Filter Filter Brand Bin Qty Exposure
G Baader 1x 31 30
Ha Baader 1x 142 300
OIII Baader 1x 134 300


Imaging Setup

Location:

SC Observatory, Central Thailand

Date:
Mar 1, 2018, Mar 2, 2018, Mar 3, 2018, Mar 4, 2018, Mar 5, 2018, Mar 11, 2018, Mar 12, 2018, Mar 13, 2018 and Mar 14, 2018
Telescope:
Officina Stellare Veloce RH 300
Focal Length:
900 mm
F-Ratio:
F/3
Mount:
Officina Stellare Polar Fork
Camera:
FLI PL 16803
Image Scale:
2.06 arcseconds/pixel
Imaging Software:

Voyager

Processing Software:

Adobe Photoshop

PixInsight 1.8


Exposure Detail

Filter Filter Brand Bin Qty Exposure
B FLI Chroma 1x 61 300
B FLI Chroma 1x 38 30
Ha FLI Chroma 1x 105 300
OIII FLI Chroma 1x 39 300
S2 FLI Chroma 1x 59 300


Imaging Setup

Location:

SC Observatory, Central Thailand

Date:
Mar 1, 2018, Mar 2, 2018, Mar 3, 2018, Mar 4, 2018, Mar 5, 2018, Mar 11, 2018, Mar 12, 2018, Mar 13, 2018 and Mar 14, 2018
Telescope:
Officina Stellare Veloce RH 300
Focal Length:
900 mm
F-Ratio:
F/3
Mount:
Officina Stellare Polar Fork
Camera:
FLI ML 29052
Image Scale:
1.26 arcseconds/pixel
Imaging Software:

Voyager

Processing Software:

Adobe Photoshop

PixInsight 1.8


Exposure Detail

Filter Filter Brand Bin Qty Exposure
B Astrodon 1x 71 300
Ha Astrodon 1x 110 300
S2 Astrodon 1x 38 300


Total Exposure Time

87 hours, 5 minutes

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