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NGC 2264 Area Wide Field

Object Name:  NGC 2264 Open Cluster, Cone Nebula, NGC 2261 aka Hubble’s Variable Nebula
Object Type:
Acquisition Date:  January 1, 2 and 3, 2018
Location: Vista, San Diego County, California
• Imaging Scope – Takahashi FSQ-106 EDX IV with 0.6x reducer
• Imaging Camera – ZWO ASI1600MM-C with EFW2
• Filters – Baader 36mm Hydrogen-alpha filter – 7nm bandpass
• Guiding – Borg 77ED with ZWO ASI120MM-S
• Mount – Astro-Physics 900GTO
Camera Control – Sequence Generator Pro
Guider control – PHD2
Acquisition Details:
• Imaging Camera – gain 200, offset 50 – cooled to -15
• Exposures – 159 x 180 seconds
PixInsight and Photoshop CC were used to process the images.
• PixInsight –
⁃ Image calibration, alignment and integration
⁃ MultiscaleLinearTransform for noise attenuation
⁃ HistogramTransformation for histogram adjustment
• Photoshop –
⁃ additional adjustments to histogram and color balance
– Minimum filter for star size reduction
– HighPass filter applied for contrast enhancement
– Reduce Noise filter

The first image below is a full resolution crop of the central part of the full image which shows a lot of detail around the Cone Nebula and the bright star 15 Monocerotis.  The second image below is the full frame wide field.  Click on the images to see a slightly higher resolution version.

NGC 2264 Center Crop
NGC 2264 Wide Field


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