NGC2264 - Open Cluster plus the Cone Nebula
NGC2264 - Open Cluster plus the Cone Nebula in Monoceros
  • Description: NGC226 - Open Cluster plus the Cone Nebula in Monoceros. 2264 is the star cluster in the center if the image. Its shape is that of an inverted Christmas Tree, hence its alias - the Chtristmas Tree cluster. At the tip of the tree is the Cone Nebula, a dark triangular patch of gas against the more brightly lit background. If you look closely, down to the right of the cone you will see a small, bright "V" shaped nebula - Hubble's Variable Nebula. To the right of the Christmas tree is another circular open cluster, known as Trumpler 5 or Cr105. Roughtly 150 stars packed into an area of 7 arc minutes in diameter. To the upper right of that is a faint patch of reflection nebula known as IC2169 or LBN 903.
  • Film: hypered Kodak tech pan
  • Scope: 8" f1.5 Schmidt camera
  • Filter: Wratten 92 - deep red
  • Exposure: 30 minutes
  • Location: Carseland, Ab. Canada
  • Date: February 3, 1997
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