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2013-Jan-12, 08:48 PM
LBN 902 and GAL 201.6+01.6 swimming in the dark nebula LDN 1608. These are located northwest of the Fox Fur Nebula, NGC 2264 in the constellation of Monoceros. The entire area is full of HII, reflection and dark nebula. I find no distance estimate for it and the estimates of the many nebulae in the area vary from 1000 to 8000 light-years so that is of no help. It appears to be a combination reflection (blue part) and emission (red) nebula somewhat separated from the general HII emission of the area by the dark nebula LDN 1608. I suspect it more likely related to the dark nebula than the general emission nebula of the area and thus likely in front of the emission nebula.

I have no idea why I imaged this one. I left no notes and find nothing much on it in the literature. There are many far better nebulae in the area. I must have had a reason last March. I just don't know what it was!

Due to band width limits I had to reduce the image to 1.5" per pixel (1336x892) and use a higher compression than I'd like that hurt the color.

14" LX200R @ f/10, L=4x10' RGB=2x10', STL-11000XM, Paramount ME