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IC405 / Flaming Star Nebula

Classification: Emission/reflection nebula, Sh2-229, Caldwell 31
Constellation: Auriga (AUR)
Object Location: Ra 05h 17m 29s Dec +34° 22’07” (current)
Size & Distance: 37 x 19 Apx 1,500 light-years

Date & Location: 09-24-2011 Palomar Mountain, CA
Exposure: Ha 12 @ 15min (bin 1x1)
Optics: Takahashi Epsilon-210 f3 630m
Mount: Astro-Physics 900 GTO / ATS 10x36 pier
Camera: SBIG-STL6303E, @-20c
Filters: Astrodon 5nm Ha
Software: MaxImDL 4.56, Photoshop CS5

Notes: Sky conditions: Average seeing, Light wind, Temp 56°
Image Field of view is 100 x 150 arc-min.

IC 405 (also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31) is an emission/reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae. It shines at magnitude +6.0. 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 is 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.