The Cone Nebula lies at the southern end of the Christmas Tree
Cluster (NGC 2264) in the constellation of Monoceros at a distance of
approximately 2,500 light years.  NGC 2264 is an area of intense star
formation.  The Cone Nebula is very faint and is difficult to view
visually.  Very dark skies and a trained eye are required for this
object, however, long exposure images, such as the one above,
display the intricate structure of the Cone Nebula. -1

NGC 2264 The Cone Nebula- 12.16.2006
Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14 @ F/2 with HyperStar
Mount: Meade
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Filters: none
Exposure:  27 X 35 Seconds = 16minutes
Time: 2:50 AM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
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