IC 405 – Flaming Star Nebula

IC405, also known as the Flaming Star Nebula in the constellation Auriga. This nebula is an emission/reflection nebula which seems to surround the bright star AE Aurigae which shines at a magnitude of 6.0. AE Aurigae is an irregular varriable star. IC 405 lies about 1500 light-years away and a width of 5 light-years across. The central star can be traced back to the Orion’s belt area.

IC 405 Location in Auriga

IC 405 Location in Auriga

This nebula was not visible through the eyepiece of the telescope, and was only showing in some of it’s brighter areas in the 5 minute images.

IC 405 images on the nights of March 3, 5, and 6, 2014

Taken on the nights of March 3, 5, and 6, 2014. A total of 90 images stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and post processing in Photoshop. This was my first multiple night imaging session, and only my second imaging session with my new CG-5 mount with PHD guiding. Each image is a 5 minute exposure at ISO 800. I need a bit more practice with my image acquisitions over a course of many nights, but for my first attempt this wasn’t too bad.

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