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Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405 / Caldwell 31)

Flaming Star Nebula (IC 405)

Bonus Nebula from last nights session! While waiting for the Rosette Nebula to rise above the tree line, I found an interesting nebula nearby in Stellarium and spent about 50 minutes on it.

These two nebula don’t interact with each other and are actually quite far apart. The top star cluster is the nameless NGC 1893, some 12,400 light years away. The bottom nebula is IC 405, also known as the Flaming Star Nebula. It is nearly 1/10 the distance at approximately 1,500 light years away.

The detail the new Optolong L-eXtreme filter brings to both nebula is amazing. I’m totally blown away.

  • Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics RedCat 51
  • Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 294MC PRO
  • Mounts: Celestron AVX 
  • Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guidescope
  • Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider 
  • Focal reducers: Celestron Reducer, 0.63x 
  • Filters: Optolong L-eXtreme 2″

  • Dates: Nov. 14, 2020
  • Frames: 10×300″
  • Integration: 0.8 hours
  • Avg. Moon age: 28.69 days
  • Avg. Moon phase: 0.80%

Full capture details on Astrobin.

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