IC 405 - The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 410 and NGC 1893
Located in the northern constellation of Auriga, the Flaming Star Nebula is illuminated by the bright variable star AE Aurigae, seen in the upper-center portion of this three hour image. Although it is mostly an emission nebula, the Flaming Star Nebula also has a reflection nebula component which is seen in this image as blue filaments near AE Aurigae. This nebula is estimated to be about 1500 light years away and about 5 light years across.
Also seen in the lower left is the emission nebula IC 410 which surrounds the open star cluster NGC 1893. Although appearing next to each other in this image, IC 410 is much more distant, 12,000 light years away, and much larger, 100 light years across, than the Flaming Star Nebula.
December 8, 2012
Three hour exposure - one hour for each of the red, green and blue filtered exposures.
Blair Valley, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County, California
Optics - Takahashi Epsilon 160 f/3.3 astrograph
Mount - Astro-Physics AP 1200 GTO
Camera - SBIG STL-11000M