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Rosette Nebula

Taken March 29, 2007:
The Rosette Nebula is a large circular H-2 region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the constellation Monoceros.  The open cluster NGC 2244 is closely associated with the nebulosity, in that the stars of the cluster were thought to have formed from the nebula's matter.  The cluster of stars is visible in binoculars and small telescopes, but the nebula is more diffficult to spot visually, requiring a telescope with low magnification.  Photographically, the Rosette Nebula is easier to record and it is the only way to record the red color which is not seen visually.  Telescope: Vixen ED80 Sf; mount: Celestron AS-GT; camera: unmodified Canon Digital Rebel XT; exposure: 45 minutes; location: Doylestown, OH.

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