Oh Christmas Tree

Meet NGC 2264, a region consisting of the Christmas Tree Cluster, the Cone Nebula, and the Fox Tail Nebula. Together they are referred to as the Christmas Tree Nebula due to its striking resemblance to… well, a Christmas tree. NGC 2264 is located in the constellation of Monoceros, and it is said to have been formed by a cluster of young stars. NGC 2264 is located some 2,600 light years away from Earth.

A fun fact: this formation is logged to measure some 30 million light years across! 😮. That means if I was to turn on an extremely powerful light at one end of the region, it would take 30 million years for that light to be seen at the other end 🤔. Read that again… 😊.

Mount: Explore Scientific EXOS2GT mount

Camera: Altair Hypercam 183MC (fan cooled)

Main Scope: Skywatcher ED72 APO + flattener + Optolong L-enhance filter

Guiding: Svbony 30mm f/4 + ASI120MC

Exif: 27 frames at 5 mins; Gain 400; Offset 30; focal length 420mm; f/5.6

APP, PixInsight, Photoshop, PHD2


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