Monkey Head Nebula: This neat little emission nebula in the constellation of Orion got its name from the distinct form, which seems somewhat appropriate. The catalogue name NGC 2174 denotes the nebula and the open star cluster within the nebula is NGC 2175, which ionizes the surrounding gas and dust giving rise to the emission nebula.

Object Monkey Head Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 2174, NGC 2175
Constellation Orion
Optics TMB 80 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Piggyback on LX 200 and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera Hutech modified Canon EOS 30D
Exposure 9 x ISO 800-5min, IDAS LPS filter
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro and LX 200 as Guide Scope.
Processing ImagesPlus, Image, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 6 Feb 2007
 
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