Fox Fur Nebula in Monoceros

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Fox Fur Nebula  located about 2500 light years away toward the constellation of Monoceros, just north of the Cone Nebula. The nebula surrounding bright star S Mon is filled with dark dust and glowing gas.  The red regions of this nebula are caused by hydrogen gas that has been stimulated to emit its own light by the copious ultraviolet radiation coming from the hot, blue stars of the cluster. The blue areas shine by a different process: they are mainly dust clouds that reflect the bluish light of the same stars.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Astro-Physics 152mm f/7.5 Starfire EDF
Imaging cameras: FLI ProLine Proline 16803
Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FS-60C
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Superstar
Focal reducers: Astro-Physics AP 4.0″ Field Flattener
Software: PixInsight 1.8, Software Bisque TheSky6 Professional, FocusMax, Cyanogen Maxim DL Pro 5, Photoshop CS Photo Shop CS5, CCD Autopilot 5
Filters: Astrodon E-series LRGB Ha 5nm
Accessories: Sirius Dome
Dates: Feb. 9, 2014
Locations: Home observatory, Sydney Australia
Frames: 36×600″
Integration: 6.0 hours

Author: David Nguyen

AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI
24 April 2014