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Jon Greif

Location of Photo:

La Jolla, CA, USA

Date/Time of photo:

February 6-9, 2022, 10 pm to midnight, PST


Takahashi FSQ-85ED with 0.85 Reducer, ZWO ASI533MC Pro imaging camera, Optolong L-Pro filter, ZWO 30 mm guide scope, ZWO ASI292MM mini guide camera, Rainbow Astro RST-135 mount, Ekos capture software on a Raspberry Pi 4B and Pixinsight 1.8.8 processing software on a Macbook Pro


This is NGC 2264, consisting of the "Christmas Tree Cluster," contained within the pinkish area in the lower right (picture a star on top of the tree), and the "Cone Nebula," the blue cornucopia shaped structure toward the upper middle. Both objects are located in the Monoceros constellation, adjacent to and just northeast of Betelgeuse, the bright red star that is Orion's left shoulder. NGC 2264 is located about 2,300 light-years from Earth. This image represents nearly 5.8 hours of imaging time.