Rosette nebula a cosmic cloud.


Paul C. Swift


Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102,
Imaging cameras: Starlight Express SXVR-H18
Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TSA 102
Guiding cameras: sx loadstar
Focal reducers: Takahashi TOA/FS Reducer
Software: PHD, Main Sequence Software
Filters: Baader Red 2″, Baader SII 8.5nm, Baader B 2″, Baader G 2″, Baader O III 8.5nm, Baader Ha 8.5nm
Accessories: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel

A 4 panel mosaic.
Integration: 60.0 hours.

The nebula, also known as NGC 2237, has a cluster of young stars at its heart. The most massive of these stars produce huge amounts of ultraviolet radiation, and they blow strong winds that erode away the nearby gas and dust. This creates the large central hole seen in the image.

This data was acquired with my Takahashi TSA 102. Hope you enjoy it!