The Christmas Tree Cluster - NGC 2264

The area around the Chrismas Tree Cluster in the constellation Monoceros.

The Christmas Tree Cluster is a group of stars approximately 2400 light-years distant. In this same region of space is some nebulosity referred to as the Cone Nebula due to its characteristic shape. A small amount of the nebulosity is visible in this image, but the vast majority of the nebula does not appear here. An excellent image of the cluster and nebula along with links to more information can be found at:

This image is a 20 minute exposure through an 80mm refractor Fuji ISO 800 color negative film.

An enlargement of the cluster from the above image.

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