S Monoceros Region

Rich Milky Way Region

Uploaded 3/22/05

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 This truly spectacular region of the sky contains open clusters, emission nebula, reflection nebula and countless stars. In this deep single exposure most of the image is covered by a single huge nebula, Sharpless 2-273. The blazing 4.7 magnitude star dead center is 15 Monoceros surrounded by the sparse cluster NGC2264.

At about 11:00 from this star about halfway to the top is Hubbles Variable nebula, small and comet shaped. The blue reflection object to the left is IC2169, and there is a very strange orange orange cloud of stars in between it and 15 Monoceros. I really dont know what it is.

See the dark nebula in the lower left corner? Thats Barnard 38 and 37.


A single image was scanned, and using PixInsight I opened the curves and histogram graphs at the same time. By toggleing between them, I slowly shaped the dark low contrast image with a DDP like curve, but done in about 4 progressive steps. I was very careful not to over saturate the reds in this image.

Instrument: 8" f/1.5 Celestron Schmidt Camera Platform: Homemade GEM Film: Kodak Supra 400 CCD Autoguider: ST4 Exposure: 8mins Filters: NONE Location: Happy Jack, Arizona Elevation: 6800 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 10/10 Outside Temperature: 5 C Processing: Photoshop, PixInsight Pro. HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS 


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