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The Rosette Nebula
 

The Rosette Nebula



So here is my story into astrophotography. About 15 years ago a friend purchased a Meade lx200 and a planetary camera. He was having trouble getting it to all work as it should. He asked me to take it home and have a go so after some research I got the telescope to do a two star alignment successfully. I asked it to go to Saturn, looked in the eye piece it was there this was a big wow moment seeing as I had not really been into astronomy, so I thought I'll try the camera so I did and wow it all worked got an outstanding picture of Saturn. Bang that was it astrophotography had bit me.So over the last 15 years I have been learning and upgrading until today I have produced this image which has got to be my best ever and I'm so happy. For a man who is on the blind register and has learning difficulties because of my eyesight I'm blown away with what I have achieved. The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is an H II region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The open cluster NGC 2244 (Caldwell 50) is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula's matter. The complex has the following New General Catalogue (NGC) designations: NGC 2237 – Part of the nebulous region (Also used to denote whole nebula) NGC 2238 – Part of the nebulous region NGC 2239 – Part of the nebulous region (Discovered by John Herschel) NGC 2244 – The open cluster within the nebula (Discovered by John Flamsteed in 1690)[citation needed] NGC 2246 – Part of the nebulous region TEC CARD TELESCOPE SKYWATCHER 200 PDS MOUNT IOPTRON CEM 70 CAMERA ALTAIR ASTRO 1600MM PRO FILTER WHEEL ZWO FILTERS BAADER HA 7nm Oiii 6.5nm Sii 6.5nm FILTERS LRGB ZWO ZWO EAF 50 DARKS 50 FLATS + DARK FLATS 45x300s HA 45x300 Oiii 45x300 Sii 11.25 hours data
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