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Rosette Nebula: Close to Orion in the constellation of Monoceros one finds this spectacular emission nebula like a blooming flower. The open star cluster in the center excites the hydrogen clouds of this star cradle from which they were born. Numerous dust bands and clouds in between make this sight so beautiful.

This B+W image has been exposed by only taking the H-alpha radiation of hydrogen through a narrow band filter. It is fascinating to follow the intricate structures especially when viewing the Hi-Res version.

For a colour image click here.

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

Object Rosette Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 2244
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 3 x 10min H-alpha, 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.
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 12 Dec 2012
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