NGC 2244

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Description: This emission nebula is known as 'The Rosette Nebula'. It is a roughly spherical shell, several hundred light years in diameter. It appears to be a 'doughnut hole' shape because we see it through a hole in the spherical shell. Click here to see a full size crop of the center of this nebula.
Constellation: Monoceros
Distance: 5,000 light years
Apparent Size: 24'
Date: 18 november 2005
Equipment: FSQ @ f/5, STL 11000, MI-250
Exposure: 3 hours 6nm Ha (Astrodon)
Comments: This is a 'first light' image for the STL 11000 camera and, as such, it's not the most elegant of images.