NGC 2264

Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster

Zoltán Bach

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In the sky

Coordinates: RA: 6h 41m, D: +9° 53'

Technical data


200/1000-es Newton,carbon astrograph


Canon 600D modified and cooled & Canon 600D monochrome cooled


SkyWatcher EQ6 GoTo


Lacerta Mgen OAG


All: 44 hour, RGB 15 hour, Lum 5 hour, HA-SII-OII 8-8 hour

Location, date:

Vecsés, Ágasvár, 2016 November-2017 Január 


Iris, Nebulosity, Photoshop CS6


NGC 2264: Cone Nebula at bottom with inverted Christmas Tree cluster above the cone; the bright star just above the cone is the tree topper and the very bright star at the top of the image (S Monocerotis) is the center of the tree trunk. The Fox Fur Nebula is at the top right corner. The Snowflake nebula is in the middle which shows up.


Cone Nebula seven light-years high