IC405 the Flaming Star Nebula is an emission and reflection nebula surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae.

IC405 flaming star nebula
Ic405 the Flaming Star Nebula in Auriga.

IC405 is located in the constellation of Auriga and lies approximately 1500 light years distance from Earth. 

IC405 the Flaming Star Nebula is a Fall/Winter target for Northern Hemisphere backyard astrophotographers and visual observers. It rises in the NE during Fall and by Winter is high overhead.

This image is a total of 11.5 hours taken with the Skywatcher Esprit 100 triplet refractor, QHY168C cooled cmos camera and Optolong L-eXtreme and L-Pro filters. 

The L-eXtreme filter was used to capture narrowband data, specifically the H-alpha and Oxygen III bands. The L-Pro filter was used to capture broadband data for star colours.


  • Skywatcher Esprit 100 triplet refractor F5.5 (550mm FL) http://bit.ly/36w1F7Y
  • QHY168C cooled cmos camera (16mp, 4.8um) https://bit.ly/37OeYS5
  • Optolong L-pro light pollution filter http://bit.ly/32a9Gfu
  • Optolong L-eXtreme filter https://bit.ly/2VLvEF4
  • Skywatcher EQ6 mount / Skyshed Pier
  • NINA for acquistion. PHD2 for autoguiding
  • 11.5 hours total (5min exposures)
  • Imaged from my backyard in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  • Processed in Pixinsight

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