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The Details
Object
IC 405 Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF refractor at f/5.7
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG ST-10XME
Filters
Tru-Balance 6nm Hydrogen Alpha filter
Date
17 November 2008
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory - Mount Wilson, CA
Exposure
Ha 8 x 900 sec, 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS4
Orientation
Field of View: 50'55" x 36'29" centered on RA 05h16m19.3s
DEC+34°28'29" (2000.0) . North angle 90.39 °; east 90° CCW from north.
Notes

This nebula is illuminated by the nearby blue variable star AE Aurigae (upper center in image). The proper motion of AE Aurigae suggests it to be a runaway from the Trapezium area of M 42 in Orion and not born of the primordial gas surrounding its current home. Passing through at a speedy 200,000 mph, AE Aurigae will eventually move on from its current position, relegating the Flaming Star Nebula to ultimately fade into oblivion. IC 405 is estimated to lie about 1500 light years distance from earth.

I originally imaged this object in 2004 with a Takahashi FSQ-106 and decided to re-visit it with my Astro-Physics 160 EDF refractor in 2008 for a higher resolution look at the central portion of this nebula.

 

 

 

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