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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.