NGC 2264

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Object Type: Emission/reflection nebula, open cluster

NGC 2264 contains the open cluster commonly called the Christmas Tree Cluster, and the Cone Nebula. The base of the Christmas Tree is formed by the magnitude-4.7 star S Monocerotis, with the apex of the tree pointing to the left, next to the Cone Nebula.

Equipment: Vixen 102-ED/ST-10XME/Astrodon LRGB filters/Paramount ME
F-ratio: f/6.5
Exposures: LRGB: L 9 x 10 minutes: R 9 x 10 minutes: G 9 x 10 minutes: B 9 x 10 minutes: RGB binned 2x2.
Date: January 16, 2009
Location: Landers, California, USA
Technical Notes: Individual exposures were dithered and sigma combined. The RGB image was created in Registar 1.0. Reduce Noise and Gaussian Blur were applied to the RGB image. A high-pass filter of 4 pixels was applied to a copy of luminance image.

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