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Flaming Star Nebula:  This is an approx. 5 LY extended emission and reflection nebula in a distance of 1500 LY. It is generated by the blue-white variable star AE Aurigae in the center of the image. The red color comes from the excitation of the so-called H-alpha spectral line of hydrogen by the intensive star radiation. The blue parts are due to the reflection and diffraction of the light by small carbon particles dispersed in the hygrogen gas.

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.

Object Flaming Star Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation IC 0405
Constellation Auriga
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 10min H-alpha, 3 x 10min each RGB. Baader 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/R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 14 Dec 2012
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