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IC405 / Flaming Star Nebula

Classification: Emission / Reflection Nebula / IC405 / Sh2-229 / C31
Constellation: Auriga (AUR)
Object Location: Ra 05h 17m 31s Dec +34° 22’11° (current)
Size & Distance: 30.0 x 30.0 Apx 1500 light years.

Date & Location: 10-13-2007 Palomar Mountain, CA.
Exposure: HaLRGB, Ha= 2 @ 10min, (bin 1x1) L=6 @ 10min. RGB= 3 ea. @ 5min (bin 2x2)
Optics: Takahashi Epsilon-180 f2.8 504mm.
Mount: Astro-Physics 900 GTO / ATS 10x36 pier.
Camera: Starlight-Xpress SXV-H9 / FLI-DF2 / SXV guider head and 2045.
Filters: Astrodon 6nm Ha, G1 LRGB
Software: MaxImDL 4.56, Photoshop CS

Notes: Sky conditions: Average seeing, calm winds, mid 40’s
Image Field of view is 45 x 60 arcmin.

IC 405 / Flaming Star Nebula is an Emission/Reflection Nebula in the constellation Auriga, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae and is located near the emission nebula IC 410. The nebula measures approximately 37.0' x 19.0', and lies about 1,500 light-years away. It’s believed that the proper motion of the central star can be traced back to the Orion's Belt area. The nebula is about 5 light-years across.