IC 405 The Flaming Star Nebula
Distance: 1,500 Light Years Telescope: Televue NP101 + .8 Reducer
Magnitude: 9 Camera: QSI 683
Size: 30×20 Arc-minutes Mount: AP 900
Age: Not Known Exposures: SII 17×1200, Ha 24×1200, OIII 18×1200
IC 405, also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, is a combination of emission and reflection nebula in the constellation of Auriga. The star AE Aurigae is surrounded by gas and appears to be on fire hence the nickname. AE Aurigae is the source illumination star that is ionizing the surrounding gas creating the emission part of the nebula. The light from this same star also reflects off the surrounding dust creating the reflection part of the nebula. It is thought that this star was originally part of the Trapezium cluster inside of the Orion Nebula and it is moving away at 62 miles per second.
HSS Version: Ha 24×1200 + SII 17×1200:
Ha Version: Ha 24×1200