NGC 2244 and the Rosette Nebula

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  • RA: 06:32
  • Dec: +4:52
  • Magnitude: 4.8 (NGC 2244)
  • Distance: 5500 ly
  • Constellation: Monoceros
  • Scope: Orion ED80
  • Autoguider:  ST-4 in faint mode
  • Sky conditions: Excellent seeing and transparency.
  • Camera: Hap Griffin modified Canon 350XT
  • Exposure:  4 x 10 min
  • Date:  2/28/2009

Comments:  The Rosette is a vast cloud or dust and gas extending over an area of more than 1 degree.  Its parts have been assigned different NGC numbres: 2237, 2238, 2239, and 2246.  Within the nebula, open star cluster NGC 2244 is situated, consisting of young stars which recently formed from the nebula's material.  I could only get the four exposures because the Rosette was so low in the sky.