IC 405 (also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, SH 2-229, or Caldwell 31) is a combination
emission and reflection nebula in the constellation of Auriga. It is about 1500 light years
away and shines at magnitude 6.0. The nebula surrounds and is illuminated by the bright
blue star AE Aurigae.
Date: Jan 4-8 2014
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion 12.5 inch f/9 2532mm focal length (Dicks)
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera/Filters: SBIG STL1000 Camera with Baader RGBHa Filters
Exposure: R:20x8 min G:19x8 min B:21x8 min Ha:25X20 min for a total of 16.3 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using
Maxim DL with subsequent processing using Photoshop. I created a synthetic luminance
using the RGB subs. I combined some of the HA signal with both the Red and Luminance
subs in Photoshop to bring out more color and detail in the nebula.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
Flaming Star Nebula IC 405