Daily Archives: February 16, 2015

Christmas Tree and Cone NGC 2264


NGC 2264 is the designation number of the New General Catalogue that identifies two astronomical objects as a single object:

  • the Cone Nebula,
  • the Christmas Tree Cluster,

Two other objects are within this designation but not officially included:

  • Snowflake Cluster,
  • and the Fox Fur Nebula.

All of the objects are located in the Monoceros constellation and are located about 800 parsecs or 2600 light-years fromEarth. NGC 2264 is sometimes referred to as the Christmas Tree Cluster and the Cone Nebula. However, the designation of NGC 2264 in the New General Catalogue refers to both objects and not the cluster alone.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102,  Meade SN-8
Imaging cameras: Starlight Express SXVR-H18
Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102
Guiding cameras: sx loadstar
Focal reducers: Takahashi TOA/FS Reducer
Software: PHD,  Main Sequence Software
Filters: Baader SII 8.5nm,  Baader B 2″, Baader G 2″,  Baader Red 2″,  Baader O III 8.5nm,  Baader Ha 8.5nm
Accessories: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel
Resolution: 3328×2420
Dates: Jan. 30, 2015
Frames: 30×1800″
Integration: 15.0 hours
Avg. Moon age: 10.16 days
Avg. Moon phase: 77.86%
RA center: 100.064 degrees
DEC center: 9.807 degrees
Orientation: -0.296 degrees
Field radius: 0.999 degrees
Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain
Author: moonrocks