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IC405, Flaming Star

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The Flaming Star  Nebula in Auriga is a brilliant emission/reflection region excited by the bright, young ruanway star, AE Aurigae.  Rob Gendler provides an excellent overview of this object (click here). 

Published in Sky and Telescope, July, 2008, p 93

Published in Practical Astronomer, February 2008 as the cover image and two-page spread, pp 34-35.


Constellation: Auriga
RA: 5h 17m 16s
Distance: 1,500 light years
Image Size: 36' x 24'
DEC: +34d 22m 6s
North: Left

Exposure: 5.5 hrs Total: 2 hrs Lum; 3.5 hrs RGB
Telescope: RCOS 16" RC f/8.9 tube
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME
OAG: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: CCD AutoPilot3
Calibration: CCDStack
Observatory Site: Sierra-Remote Observatories, Shaver Lake, CA
Camera: SBIG STL11000
Filters: Astrodon Gen 2 LRGB
Guider: SBIG ST-402
Camera Operation: MaximDL4.62
Processing: Photoshop CS3
Image Date: 12.12.07