The Rose of Monoceros

The cosmic journey took me just east of the constellation of Orion where the bright dying star Betelgeuse adorns the constellation of Monoceros. Meet the Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237), located some 5,219 light years alway from Earth. The nebula is part of a large molecular cloud that boasts hydrogen emissions (red colors) which is associated with the open star cluster in the center (NGC 2244). The Rosette Nebula may have gotten its signature name because of its striking resemblance to a rose. The journey continues!

Mount: Explore Scientific EXOS2GT mount

Camera: Altair Hypercam 183MC

Main Scope: Skywatcher ED72 APO + flattener + Altair Quadband OSC filter

Guiding: Svbony 30mm f/4 + ASI120MC

Exif: 33 frames at 5 mins; Gain 400; Offset 30; focal length 420mm; f/5.6

APP, PixInsight, Photoshop, PHD2


  1. Thanks for sharing natureโ€™s wonder. I too love the heavens, I chase cloudy skies by day and early evenings. Youโ€™re the best! What is your birth month

  2. Absolutely beautiful! That one came out really great! Excellent color and very good Star resolution! Had to do a little reading myself to refresh my information. Monoceros is not the best known constellation. However the Rosette Nebula is a classic! On a funny cosmic note, I just happen to be watching Star Wars The Last Jedi, as I type!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘

    1. This one truly stunned me ๐Ÿ˜Š. I had no idea this nebula had so many dust clusters and lanes. Definitely a classic. Funny that you would be watching Star Wars ๐Ÿคฃ.

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