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Christmas Tree Cluster or NGC 2264
Christmas Tree Cluster or NGC 2264 at US Store
Christmas Tree Cluster or NGC 2264 at US Store
This picture I am submitting is the region of the sky is called the Christmas Tree Cluster or NGC 2264 in the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. There are several interesting things in this area. One area is called the Cone nebula which is seen to the left. The Cone is a large cold molecular hydrogen cloud with dust in front producing it's shape. The bright region in the center is called the Fox Fur Nebula which is a large hydrogen region that is stimulated by the bright and hot blue stars surrounding it. 20 10 minute sub exposures were stacked and processed using PixInsight. Taken with a modified Canon 5D Mk2 using a Orion 190mm f/5.3 Maksutov-Newtonian telescope atop an Orion Atlas EQ-6 mount. Taken at the Chiefland Astronomy Village on February 8, 2013.
Date Taken: 02/08/2013
Photographer: Derek D.
Location: Chiefland Astronomy Village
Other Telescope: Orion Premium Orion 190mm f/5.3 Mak-Newt Astrograph Telescope
Mount: Orion Atlas EQ-G Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount
Other Camera: Modified Canon 5D MK 2
Processing: Photoshop, Pixinsight v1.7
Exposure: 25x10 min Lights 10x10min Darks and 10x1 sec Flats
Other Equipment Used: KWT 50mm Guide Scope with Orion Starshoot Autoguiding Camera
Notes: My name is Derek Demeter and I am a planetarium director at a college in Central Florida. I got into imaging a few years back when I visited a star party in North Carolina and took my first picture of the Orion Nebula. I was hooked ever since. Since then I purchased equipment from Orion and have been very impressed. I throughly enjoy my 190mm f/5.3 Mak-Newt Astrograph which I find to be just as good optically as any of my friends more expensive telescopes. I quite enjoy capturing nebulas that are rich with star forming hydrogen alpha. To capture the night sky I usually go to two places in Florida. One is to the north at the Chiefland Astronomy Village and the other is to a state park which is one of the darkest spots in the Southeast.

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