Skies By Africa

Images of the Heavens By Eric Africa

IC 447 and the Cone Nebula Region

IC 447 and the Cone
This widefield shot showcases a couple of my favorite and often-shot objects, namely the Cone Nebula/Fox Fur Nebula to the upper right and the dark complex I've affectionately dubbed the Philippine Nebula towards the lower right. It also includes IC447, the largish blue nebula left of center. The comet-like blue nebula standing out in the sea of red emission towards the upper right is NGC 2261, known as Hubble's Variable Nebula.

Details on the Cone Nebula and the "Philippine Nebula" can be seen elsewhere on this site. IC 447 is a reflection nebula, glowing blue from the light of stars reflecting off its gas and dust. IC 447 is also known as Dreyer's nebula, and is thought to be part of the same cloud of gas and dust that encompasses the Cone and Fox Fur nebulae.
Constellation: Monoceros
When Visible: December - April
Distance: 2,600 Light-years
Date: January 2014
Location: Rancho Hidalgo, Animas, NM
Exposure Details:
L :19 x 10 Minutes Binned 1 x 1
Red: 9 x 10 Minutes Binned 1x1
Green: 9 x 10 Minutes Binned 1x1
Blue: 9 x 10 Minutes Binned 1x1
Equipment Used:  Takahashi FSQ-106N on an Astro-Physics AP1200GTO mount. SBIG STL-11000 camera with FW8-STL filter wheel and Astrodon LRGB and narrowband filters. Robofocus focuser and Astrodon Takometer rotator.
Acquisition Software : MaximDL, TheSky6, CCDAutopilot 5, FocusMax
Processing Software: MaximDL, Photoshop CS5, Carboni Actions, IrFanView