NGC 2237 (The Rosette Nebula)

Is it NGC 2237 or 2244 or something else? It’s the Rosette Nebula, and multiple star clusters are part of what we normally call the Rosette Nebula. Regardless of what objects are cataloged, the whole target is beautiful.

This was the first light for my new Optolong L-eXtreme filter. I did take this image back in December 2020, but I just finally had a chance to finish the write-up for this spectacular target.

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Messier 78 (Casper the Friendly Ghost)

Messier 78 or NGC 2068, also known as Casper the Friendly Ghost (not sure how it applies, I don’t see a ghost), is a bright blue reflection nebula in Orion. The nebula can be found between Betelgeuse and closer towards Alnitak.

This is the first multi-night imaging session that I planned. I captured this over three nights totaling a little over 14 hours of data.

I also learned some new techniques in PixInishgt while processing this target.

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Messier 45 (The Pleiades Cluster)

The Pleiades is one of my favorite objects to stare at. It’s bright and can be observed from anywhere, all you need are your eyes. Binoculars and a telescope help, but is not necessary. I imaged this a few years ago and wasn’t too happy with it, and I’ve always wanted to revisit this.

This is my second attempt at the Pleiades. I took this the same night as The Horsehead Nebula as I was waiting for Orion to rise.

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Barnard 33 (The Horsehead Nebula)

For Diwali, I present the Flame and the Horsehead Nebula. This is Barnard 33, a dark nebula in the constellation of Orion. The dark nebula which forms the horse’s head is illuminated from behind by the bright emission nebula IC 434

Right next to the Horsehead Nebula is the Flame Nebula and a small blue reflection nebula NGC 2023. 

The Horsehead and the Flame are right by Alnitak, the first star in Orion’s Belt.

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