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Rosette Nebula: Close to the Orion constellation there is in Monoceros 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. Intricate dust bands and clouds in between make this sight so beautiful.
There is a lot to discover in this narrow band image using the H-alpha line of hydrogen, especially when you are clicking on the Hi-Res version.

Object Rosette Nebula
Category H-alpha Images
Designation NGC 2244
Constellation Monoceros
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 10 x 20min (1x1 bin) Astronomik H-alpha filter. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop.
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 9+12 Feb 2009
 
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