NGC 2264 - The Rosette Nebula -  1/3/2009
Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14 @ F/2 with HyperStar
Mount: Meade
Camera: QHY8
Filters: LPS
Exposure:  82X 45 Seconds =  1 hour
Time: 9:00PM - 11:50 AM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
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About This Photograph

The fantastic Rosette Nebula lies at a distance of about 5,500
light-years from Earth, to the left of the torso of Orion the
Hunter. Like other emission nebulae, it is a cloud of gas and
dust stimulated to emit its own varied hues by the intense
ultraviolet radiation coming from the cluster of hot, young stars
at its center. Although this nebula can be a challenging object
to observe visually, long-exposure photographs such as this
one bring out the full extent and beauty of this vast celestial
wreath, caught in a blizzard of literally tens of thousands of
stars.




1 http://www.rc-astro.com/photo/id1077.html