2010 / Nebula

IC405 The Flaming Star Nebula

The IC405 nebula is quite intriguing I thought when doing some background reading on it.

IC405 is a diffuse nebula that surrounds the bluish star AE Aurigae, the brightest star in the photo. This star is passing through this area of gas and dust, illuminating it. AE Aurigae is believed to be a runaway star that can be traced back to the Orion Belt in the Constellation of Orion. My image of the Horse Head and Flame Nebulae in Orion are located in this belt.

IC405 lies about 1,500 light-years away.  The nebula is spans about 5 light-years across.

This image was taken from a dark site located in between Conestoga Lake and Listowel, Ontario.

Image details:

Equipment:  Celestron CPC800 SCT (EQ wedge mounted), 0.63x reducer, Canon (modified) 350XT DSLR. 1260mm FL.

Software: Nebulosity 3 for acquisition, calibration and alignment. PHD for auto guiding.

Exposure: Total of 3 hours and 50 minutes. 5min subs.

Processed in Photoshop.


Shawn Nielsen

My story began nearly 40 years ago looking up at the Moon with a small collapsible telescope my Father had. Encouraged by my parents, who bought me my very own telescope, a 4.5" reflector, I began to explore the night sky from my family home backyard. Today I do astrophotography from my home in Kitchener, Ontario and also with remote telescopes located in New Mexico and Australia. Some of my images have won awards and have been featured online and in magazines.

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