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Dates & Location

4 December 2008 SMAP site at Weed, New Mexico. Elevation 7269 ft. Lat
32.8°N Long 195.5W

Catalogue identification

The Flaming Star Nebula. IC405,
Equipment Used Officina Stellare RC400 at 3304 mm focal length.
ME German Equatorial Mount.
Camera SBIG ST-11000M.SBIG FW-8L Filter Wheel
TheSky V6 Telescope control
MaxIm DL V4.53 Camera control.

Where it is in space

Constellation of Auriga, in our Milky Way Galaxy. The Flaming Star Nebula lis about 1500 light years distant and spans about 5 light years.
Acquisition Remote session using RADMIN PC control from Ravenshead, UK. LRGB exposures:- 80:80:80:80mins using 10min sub-exposures   What it is The Flaming Star Nebula is a large area of nebulosity in Auriga which glows by the intensely bright variable star AE Aurigae, the star in the centre of the image .This image shows only a small central portion of the whole nebula complex. Red glow indicates emission by ionised hydrogen, blue indicates reflection by molecular particles.

Processing Methods

Images acquisition and telescope control with MaxIm DL V4.53    
  Data reduction and Luminence De-convolution with CCDStack    
  Master RGB image and Master Lum Image with CCDStack. Finished in PSCS2