Astral Imaging at Dogwood Ridge Observatory

Latitude: 3748'51.0" N"
Scottsville, Virginia 24590


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The Cone Nebula - Part of NGC2264

Image Information

Quoted from SEDS: 

William Herschel discovered the cluster in 1784, the nebula in 1785.

The Chrismas Tree Cluster and the Cone Nebula were both discovered by William Herschel. He found the cluster on January 18, 1784 and cataloged it as H VIII.5, and the nebula on December 26, 1785, and assigned it the number H V.27. The nebula belongs to a much larger complex, which is currently an active star forming region.


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This image is compiled from 16 - 15 minute R, G, & B images and 29 -15 minute luminance.  A total of 19.25 hours of data was used for this image. All data was acquired using MaxImDl/CCD version 5 using ACP.   Images were reduced, De-Bloomed, average combined and saved in MaxImDl version 5.  Alignment was done using Registar.The master images were combined, registered and the color image created. Photoshop CS 4 was used for cleanup of blooms, curves, and  levels.  The image data was collected over Jan. 15- Feb. 15, 2010.

Equipment and Location Information

Date Jan. 15- Feb. 15, 2010
Location Dogwood Ridge Observatory
Optics OGS 12.5" RC
Mount Astro Physics AP1200GTO
Filters Baader LRGB 1.25" mounted
Conditions Temperature middle  20s -  low 30s with very moderate  seeing. Transparency good to moderate.

  Last Modified :01/23/09 12:40 AM