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|
Tags: IC403, Sh2-229