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NGC2264 - Christmas Tree Cluster

NGC2264 - Christmas Tree Cluster

Date: 1/4/2010, 1/13/2010
Telescope: Vixen ED80Sf
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Filter: Astronomik Ha EOS Clip (Ha), IDAS (RGB)
Exposures: Ha: 22x600 seconds @ ISO1600 (3.7 hours), RGB: 48x300 seconds @ ISO800 (4 hours)
Framing: North is up
Location: Mocksville, NC
Temp: 10F
Seeing: 2/5
Transparency: 4/5
Captured in Nebulosity, stacked using DeepSkyStacker, processed in Photoshop.

Winner (tie) - Digital_Astro Monthly Challenge February 2010

From Wikipedia:

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

Two other objects are within this designation but not officially included:
All of the objects are located in the Monoceros constellation and are located about 800 parsecs or 2600 light-years from Earth.
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.