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This rich field of dust and gas lies about 2700 light years away in the constellation Monoceros, the unicorn. The blue reflection nebula in the centre is reflecting starlight from the nearby bright variable star S Mon. The Foxfur nebula is just below the reflection nebula and the Cone nebula is near the top of the image. A triangle of stars in the middle of the image is called the Christmas Tree cluster with a star on the top of the tree near the Cone nebula.

Image Data : Total exp.= 3.8 hours.
L:R:G:B:Ha = 42: 42: 35: 42: 70: mins.
Location: Sunglow Ranch, AZ
Equipment: Ceravolo 300 Astrograph at f/4.9,
Mount: Astrophysics 900
Camera: Apogee U16M with Astrodon filters
Software used: MaxIm DL, Registar, PS CS2
Image Aquisition: Peter
Image Processing: Debra

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