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Christmas Tree,Fox Fur and Cone Nebula: This  amazing skyscape in the constellation of Monoceros  contains a very well known Open Cluster of very bright young stars in the image center, resembling a Christmas tree, a blue Reflection Nebula close to the bright star S Mon and beneath it another strangely shaped nebula formed like a foxe´s head and fur, called Fox Fur Nebula.
At the left there is a prominent Dark Nebula called Cone Nebula.

 

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.



Object Christmas Tree,Fox Fur and Cone Nebula-full view
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 2264
Constellation Monoceros
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6 x 10min Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 5min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha, R/H-alpha,GB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 23 Nov 2011
 
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