PhotographerMichael Selby, Andy Chatman, Stefan Schmidt
Location of photoSC Observatory, Samphran, Thailand
Date/Time of photoMarch 1-15 2018
EquipmentThis image was shot with our 4-telescope array comprising four Officina Stellare RH300 f/3 scopes, two FLI 29052 cameras and two FLI 16803 cameras.
DescriptionNGC 2264 is a region of HII gas clouds in the constellation Monoceros. The gas cloud includes the Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster. Hydrogen gas, stimulated by the light from many hot blue stars, emits red light across the 2-degree field of view of this image. The Fox Fur Nebula, at the center of the image, is named for its resemblance to a fox fur stole. The blue area next to it is a reflection nebula, with gas reflecting the light from bright blue stars. In total, 1,143 individual images totaling 87 hours were collected. Image shot in narrowband, and displayed in the HOS palette. Shot and processed by the SC Observatory team: Mike Selby, Stefan Schmidt and Andy Chatman