This image of IC405 Flaming Star Nebula was acquired during the first week of October (2013) when we had a 4 clear nights in a row here in southern Ontario.

IC405 Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga. Shawn Nielsen 2013

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The Orion 10″ Astrograph used to take this image.

The Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga (IC 405) is a combination emission and reflection nebula.  It is located approximately 1500 light years away from Earth. IC405 contains the famous star AE Aurigae. This is classified as a “runaway” star, since observations over a period of 50 years suggest that AE Aurigae has undergone cross motion in the plane of the sky by about 1450 AU.  The current hypothesis is that the star was ejected from the Trapezium in the Orion Nebula after a collision about 2 million years ago.


  • 10″ Astrograph F3.9 (990mm) FL
  • Modified Canon T1i 15mp DSLR
  • Skywatcher EQ6 mount
  • Nebulosity for acquisition. PHD and Orion autoguider for tracking.
  • Total time 3.5 hours. Processed in PS.

As always thanks for reading and #clearskies!

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