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NGC2264 Cone

NGC 2264 Cone Nebula (Christmas Tree)

Emission Nebula. The dark cone is clearly visible at the bottom of the picture. The bright emission nebula is also known as the Chrristmas Tree. This image captures the top half of the (upside down) Christmas Tree, with the cone at it's tip. The image has been displayed at half size (13.6 arcseconds per pixel) 

 CCD Camera ST10xm
 Telescope 250mm F4.8 Newtonian Reflector with MPCC coma corrector
 Mount Astro-Physics AP1200 GTO

 Date 10th February 2010
 Exposure17 x 180s unguided. (51 minutes in total) Ha 12nm Astronomik filter
 Software MaximDL, CCDStack, PixInsight