NGC 2170 a.o. in Monoceros

  Size: 2000 px      
© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2015
Amazing field just east of Orion and the boundary of the Barnard's Loop. This is one of the most colorful patches of the entire sky. Beautiful collection of reflection nebulae, dust and a subtle stripes of ionized hydrogen. These clouds of gas, dust, and hot stars are a part of star-forming molecular cloud in the constellation of the Monoceros. The distance to this giant molecular cloud (known as Mon R2) is estimated to be only 2,400 light-years from Earth. There are a lot of VdB nebulae on this image, including VdB 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73 and 74. Many of the objects here are catalogued in more than one catalogue (see the annotated mouseover).


Image details:


Center of field RA 06:09:20 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -06:09:17 (deg:m:s)
Size 2.09 x 1.58 (deg)
Pixel scale: 5.99 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -75.3 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): ASA 12" Astrograph @ f/3.6 (Newton)
Mount: ASA DDM85 Standard
Camera: SBIG STL 11000 M
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue Astronomik filters
Dates/Times: Dec. 2015 - Oct. 2016
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: L: 17x10, R:12x10 min, G:12x10 min, B:12x10 min, Bin 1, Total Exposure Time - 2120 min. (35:20 h), four panel mosaic.
More details: Dark and flat5 frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013 - 2015. All Rights Reserved
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