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NGC2264 The Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster (HaRGB)

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Observer
Dr Ollie Garrett
Time of observation
31/01/2019 - 01:35
Object
NGC2264 The Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster
Observing location
Dartmoor, UK
Equipment
115mm f7 APO refractor
NEQ6 Mount
SBIG STF-8300M CCD
SX Lodestar and SX OAG
Baader 36mm filters: 7nm Ha and RGB
Exposure
Ha: 3x900s, R: 5x600s, G 5x600s, B 5x600s
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This version features the Hydrogen alpha data integrated with the Red subframes. I've also tried to enhance detail and colour balance in this image.

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Les Dickens's picture

Fabulous image!  I took 40 x 120sec frames of NGC 2264 last night using my 77mm achromat, but couldn't extract anything remotely like your image.  Perhaps I should move to Dartmoor... :)

Dr Ollie Garrett's picture

Many thanks Les. Dartmoor is indeed an excellent place for astronomy! Happily, my observatory is located under Bortle class 4 skies (with relatively little local light pollution) which makes broadband imaging much more user-friendly. On the night I collected the subframes for this image, my Sky Quality Meter indicated a sky brightness at the zenith of 21.07 magnitudes/square arc second. 

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