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Rosette Nebula: Close to the Orion constellation there is in Monoceros this spectacular emission nebula like a blooming flower. NGC 2244 is actually the open star cluster in the center exciting the hydrogen clouds of this star cradle from which they were born. Dust bands and clouds in between make this sight so beautiful, especially the bizarre structures in the lower part of the image. Some of them are so called Bok Globules, which are believed to house stars in the beginning of their life cycle.

Object Rosette Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation NGC 2244
Constellation Monoceros
Optics Takahashi FSQ 106 ED f/5
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 5 x 20min H-alpha, 5 x 10min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar with Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Colorcode L:H-alpha,R/H-alpha,G,B
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 12+21 Jan 2015
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