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IC 405 in Auriga

RA = 05h 16m;, Dec = +34deg 27min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 11/02/13; Anza Borrego Desert, CA

Clear; very good seeing; mild winds; temps in the 40's


Telescope: TEC 140 f/7 refractor (fl 980mm)

Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10 with Astrodon filters;

Hutech Off-Axis Guider


Exposures: 2hrs 15 min of Ha (3nm); 30 min each of RGB for a total of 3hrs 45 min

FOV = 52 x 35 arc minutes

Also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, IC405 surrounds the bright blue star AE Auriga and associated reflection nebula. The red and purple colors of the nebula are present in different regions and are created by different processes. Light from the hot blue star reflects dust (blue color); while surrounding hydrogen gas emits red.

1,500 light years away

Reduced to 60% of original

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