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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 top there is a prominent Dark Nebula called Cone Nebula.

The image is a part of a larger view concentrating on the Christmas Tree region.

It has been selected Astrophoto of the Day (APOD)


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

Object Christmas Tree,Fox Fur and Cone Nebula
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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