DSLR astrophotography by Sergi Verdugo
The Flamming Star Nebula
Exposure: 12×600″ @ ISO 800 (RGB) + 52×900″ @ ISO 800 (Ha)
Telescope: William Optics Megrez 88FD with Borg DG-L
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS 2″ (RGB exposures) and Baader H-alpha 7nm 2″ (Ha exposures)
Mount: Meade LXD-75 Autostar
Camera: Modded Canon 350D
Date: February-March 2009
Location: Cabrera de Mar (suburban site near Barcelona) (Ha) and El Montseny (RGB)
Comments: I needed a lot of exposures to get an acceptable SNR in the fainter parts of the nebula.
The Flaming Star Nebula, also known as IC405, is an emission and reflection nebula in the constellation Auriga. It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae and is located near the emission nebula IC 410 and the open cluster M38. The nebula measures lies about 1500 light-years away and spans about 5 light-years. Rippling dust and gas lanes give the Flaming Star Nebula its name.