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  • Writer's pictureKevin Hearn

Cone Nebula - Narrowband Image

The Cone Nebula is an H II region in the constellation of Monoceros. It was discovered by William Herschel on December 26, 1785, at which time he designated it H V.27. The nebula is located about 830 parsecs or 2,700 light-years away from Earth. The Cone Nebula forms part of the nebulosity surrounding the Christmas Tree Cluster.

Image is made up of 26 x15min Ha Filter, 10 each Si and Oiii Filters. total integration time 11.5hours.

Taken from 25/1 to 4th Feb 2021, stacked in Deep Sky stacker and basic processing in Photoshop.

Skywatcher ED80 scope on EQ6 Pro mount.

The cone's shape comes from a dark absorption nebula consisting of cold molecular hydrogen and dust in front of a faint emission nebula containing hydrogen ionized by S Monocerotis, the brightest star of NGC 2264. The faint nebula is approximately seven light-years long (with an apparent length of 10 arcminutes), and is 2,700 light-years away from Earth.

The nebula is part of a much larger star-forming complex—the Hubble Space Telescope was used to capture images of forming stars in 1997.

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