NGC 2244 Monoceros

NGC 2244

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Menagerie on a Rose Petal The famous Rosette Nebula, NGC 2244 in Monoceros is a rather unimpressive and even non-descript object when viewed visually through a five inch telescope. Other than a sparkling jewel box of stars and hints of faint nebulosity, it might easily be left for its more spectacular neighbors in Orion with one perhaps wondering how it ever got named after a rose. But when it is filtered through the magic of hydrogen alpha and gently coaxed with several hours of long exposure, the Rosette Nebula reveals a fascinating wealth of Bok globules and dark star-forming regions inhabited by a surprising menagerie of different shapes.

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Date Imaged       :

January 15, 2007

Lens       :

Astrophysics 5? f8 Starfire

Camera       :

Atik 16HR, Astronomik filters

Exposure       :

Ha 140 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines