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Christmas Tree Cluster by Captain-Marmote
Christmas Tree Cluster

With the perpetual poor weather I've gone back and taken some time to work on some old, and rather scruffy data. This set really did not like to be played with! Still I've had it in the library for a long while now and wanted to get some life out of it. I find it a very interesting region after all.

I hope to do a wide field of the whole region and include the Rosette if the clouds ever part. Having another look with the quattro and getting some better exposures would also be nice.

The Christmas Tree cluster, an object I want to revisit this winter actually. The Cone nebula is top of frame.

The Cone Nebula is an H II region in the constellation of Monoceros. It was discovered by William Herschel on December 26, 1785. The nebula is located about 2,700 light-years away from Earth. The Cone Nebula forms part of the nebulosity surrounding the Christmas Tree Cluster. The designation of NGC 2264 in the New General Catalogue refers to both objects and not the nebula alone.

The diffuse Cone Nebula, so named because of its apparent shape, lies in the southern part of NGC 2264, the northern part being the magnitude-3.9 Christmas Tree Cluster. It is in the northern part of Monoceros, just north of the midpoint of a line from Procyon to Betelgeuse.

The cone's shape comes from a dark absorption nebula consisting of cold molecular hydrogen and dust in front of a faint emission nebula containing hydrogen ionized by S Monocerotis, the brightest star of NGC 2264. The faint nebula is approximately seven light-years long (with an apparent length of 10 arcminutes), and is 2,700 light-years away from Earth. The nebula is part of a much larger star-forming complex.

Orion and the Horse Head by Captain-Marmote
Orion and the Horse Head
Wow Thanks so much for the DD! Greatly appreciated, I hope everyone enjoys this work!

Well I've been at that re-processing  game again, I think I'm winning.

Orion's Belt or the Belt of Orion, also known as the Three Kings or Three Sisters, is an asterism in the constellation Orion. It consists of the three bright stars AlnitakAlnilam and Mintaka.

Looking for Orion's Belt in the night sky is the easiest way to locate Orion in the sky. The stars are more or less evenly spaced in a straight line, and so can be visualized as the belt of the hunter's clothing. They are best visible in the early night sky during the Northern Winter/Southern Summer, in particular the month of January at around 9.00 pm

The Horsehead Nebula and Flame Nebula (leftmost red nebulae) are located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The horse head itself is dark nebula 

The Orion nebula (right most object) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of roughly 1,344 20 light years; and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. The Orion Nebula in particular is an active star formation zone. New stars are being born out of the dense hydrogen gas. With these newborn stars are the beginnings of solar systems, planets; rocky worlds and gas giants. The region is constantly changing and perhaps conditions may favour new life at some point. This is in essence, the very beginning of evolution. Gas to stars and planets, and maybe even life itself. 

The nebula is visible with the naked eye even from areas affected by some light pollution. It is seen as the middle "star" in the sword of Orion, which are the three stars located south of Orion's Belt. The star appears fuzzy to sharp-eyed observers, and the nebulosity is obvious through binoculars or a small telescope. 
I have decided to write some tutorials on camera settings, use and what not. I'm currently working on Aperture, depth of field and bokeh. I'm writing the tutorial for camera use only, so no photo shop tricks or edits are going to be used / needed to do the things i'm going to talk about. everything will be possible entirely in camera.

It takes a fair bit if consideration and I want to write about things from the ground up as it were. Still I would love to know if people think this will be possible and if anyone has any suggestions or questions on how to do things that I can also write about for this or other tutorials.
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no1special1224 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't usually comment on profiles when I watch them, but I just had to tell you: You, my good sir, have just earned yourself a watch! Your photography is absolutely breathtaking! Keep up the fantastic work! I look forward to seeing more!
Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Thank you, that means a lot. I have a few more astronomy projects for this winter season, hopefully the clouds will clear soon!
Myrine86 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratz on the DD ^^
Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :D
Musterkatze Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, you gallery is really amazing. I want to see more of these galaxy photos :D
Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Yes I'm hoping to do much more this winter. Just waiting for clear skies!
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Thank you for the :+fav:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer

many thanks :handshake:
divvad151 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
thanks for the fav
good day
Captain-Marmote Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome, I thought that it was a brilliant photo. 
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