Flaming Star Nebula – IC405

The Flaming Star Nebula (IC405) is illuminated by the bright variable star AE Aurigae. Although it is mostly an emission nebula, the Flaming Star Nebula also has a reflection nebula component which is seen as blue filaments near AE Aurigae. This nebula is estimated to be about 1500 light years away and about 5 light-years across.

This is an RGB image with Ha used as luminance. I am not sure that this is the best way of using the data and I will definitely try other options.


Exposure: Ha 16 x 1800sec + RGB (16,16,16) x 900sec Date: 2015-12-03
Setup: Takahashi FSQ106 EDXIII with QSI 683WSG-8 Site: Deep Sky West Observatory, NM, USA

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