Rosette Nebula (with NGC 2244)
Date Taken: 11/2014
Equipment: TAK 106mm w SBIG STL1100 Camera
Shot remotely from New Mexico
Exposures: L RHa GB 40 min each RGB, 80 min Lum and 50 min Ha
Processing: MaximDL, Registar and Photoshop
The Rosette Nebula, an emission nebula, is approximately 130 light years across. The open cluster of stars at the center (NGC 2244) was formed from gravity compressing the nebula's gases and matter over time. The radiation from the young stars excite the hydrogen gases, causing the gases to emit radiation that produces the light from the nebula we see.