NGC 2170, NGC 2182, NGC 2183, NGC 2185, VdB 68, Vdb 69
The reflection and emission nebula in this CCD image are a portion of the larger Monoceros R2 Association of reflection nebulae in the constellation of Monoceros. The designations of the blue reflection nebulae are NGC 2185 and NGC 2183 [far upper-left], NGC 2182 [center], Vdb 68 [upper] and Vdb 69 [both right of center], and NGC 2170 [far right]. This area is believed to be an area of recent and continuing star formation. Also seen at center is an excellent example of a dark "absorption nebula" made of interstellar dust which blocks the light from the red emission nebula behind it.
December 29-20, 2008
Two hour total exposure time [twenty 360 second exposures] for each RGB color channel
Vallecito County Park, Anza-Borrego Desert, San Diego County, Califonrnia
Optics - Takahashi Epsilon160
Mount - Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera - SBIG ST-2000XM with SBIG CFW-8A