NGC 2264 The Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster

This is an exploratory photo of the Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster in the constellation Monoceros taken with a Canon f2.8 200mm lens and Atik 460EX CCD camera with an Astrodon 3nm Ha filter. It consists of 24 x 10 min sub-exposures. The colour is artificial.

I intend to return to this with my Megrez 90 to get more detail in the Christmas Tree cluster region (bottom left) and also the dark lanes top right. Quite by chance I have captured Hubble’s Variable Nebula (right towards the bottom).

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