Rosette nebula a cosmic cloud

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2014, 2015
Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102, Imaging cameras: Starlight Express SXVR-H18 Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102 Guiding cameras: sx loadstar Focal reducers: Takahashi TOA/FS Reducer Software: PHD, Main Sequence Software Filters: Baader Red 2", Baader SII 8.5nm, Baader B 2", Baader G 2", Baader O III 8.5nm, Baader Ha 8.5nm Accessories: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel
The Rosette Nebula is not the only cosmic cloud to evoke the imagery of flowers, but it is the most famous. At the edge of a large molecular cloud in Monoceros, the petals of this rose are actually a stellar nursery whose lovely, symmetric shape is sculpted by the winds and radiation from its central cluster of hot young stars. The stars in the energetic cluster are only a few million years old, while the central cavity in the Rosette Nebula, is about 50 light-years in diameter.
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Paul Swift

About moonrocks

Having had a background in the arts and worked professionally as a cinematographer and lighting cameraman, astrophotography made for a natural change in focus. I had always wanted to turn my camera to the skies. A move away from London to Valencia, Spain presented me with the perfect opportunity to do just that. The art work you see on this site was produced using basic equipment from a modest home observatory.
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