The Flaming Star Nebula (IC405)

Flaming Star Nebula
All Images Copyright Steve Cannistra

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Magnitude:  10
Size: about 30' x 50'
Distance: 1500 light years
RA: 05h 16m 29s
Dec: 34 degrees 21' 21"

The Flaming Star Nebula is a mixed emission and reflection region in the constellation Auriga.   This area is rich in detail, which is especially prominent when imaging in Ha light.  Notice the impressive blue reflection nebulosity in the region of the bright star AE Auriga.  Please click here for more information about this interesting nebula.

Photographic Details:

Date:  November 15, 2004
Takahashi Sky 90 at f4.5 with field flattener/focal reducer, on the G11 Losmandy Mount.
Autoguider:  SBIG STV with e-finder.
Camera:  SXV-H9
Astronomik Ha filter (13 nm bandpass); Type II R, G, B filter set.
Exposures:  Ha:(HaR:G:B).  22 x 5' for Ha (110 minutes total Ha, unbinned); 5 x 4' each for R and G.  5 x 5' each for B, all unbinned.
Conditions:  Temperature 39 degrees F; below average transparency; average to poor seeing; calm.  Many passing high, thin clouds during Ha imaging.
No darks, flats, or bias frames used.  Alignment done in ImagesPlus.  Sigma combined using RC Sigma Reject Plug-in for MaximDL.  DDP was performed in ImagesPlus (IP).  Subsequent levels and curves adjustments in Photoshop CS (16 bit format).  Ha was combined with RGB using the technique of Luminance Corrected RGB.

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