SH 2-229, Caldwell 31, Flaming Star NebulaOptics: Borg 101ED
at f/4.1 Mount: Paramount MX
using The SkyX ProCamera: QSI 683WS-8Filters: Astrodon
220 Mins or 3 2/3 hours, [11x 1200s Ha] Binned 1x1Accessories:
Auto guided with Borg 45ED & Starlight Xpress Lodestar
. Feathertouch focuser using FocusMax 3.8.0Location:
Taken over several nights from November 15th to December 20th, 2014 Notes:
Image acquisition with Maxim DL Pro
Processing: Image calibration, align, and combine in Maxim DL Pro. Levels, curves, cosmetic adjustments and crop/resize in Photoshop.
Calibrated w/20 Darks, 100 Bias, 50 Flats using a flat pannel.
CCD temperature was -25C. Image was taken from my backyard Observatory
Link to Narrowband image: http://astromarina.zenfolio.com/p52895960/h222e5740#h3b2d4293IC 405
(also known as the Flaming Star Nebula
, SH 2-229
, or Caldwell 31
) is an emission
in the constellation Auriga
, surrounding the bluish star AE Aurigae
. It shines at magnitude +6.0. Its celestial coordinates are RA 05h 16.2m dec +34° 28′.
It surrounds the irregular variable star AE Aurigae
and is located near the emission nebula IC 410, the open clusters M38
, and the naked-eye K-class star Hassaleh
. The nebula measures approximately 37.0' x 19.0', and lies about 1,500 light-years away.
It is believed that the proper motion of the central star can be traced back to the Orion's Belt
The nebula is about 5 light-years