NGC 2261

Posted by dcrowson
on Sunday, February 16, 2020
NGC 2261 (Ced 83, LBN 920, Caldwell 46 and others) is a nebula located approximately 2,609 light-years (http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-ref?bibcode=2006ApJ...653..657M) away in Monoceros. The clouds of dust are illuminated by R Monocerotis.

Luminance – 24x600s – 240 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours

Imaged February 13th, 14th and 15th, 2020 from Dark Sky New Mexico at Rancho Hidalgo (Animas, New Mexico) with a SBIG STF-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT12RCT at f/8 2432mm.

LRGB - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrowson/49544320841/sizes/l/

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