Nightscapes & Deep Sky Colors

Astrophotography Brian A. Morganti

Cone Nebula Region - Wide View

NGC2264 - Trumpler 5 - IC447 Region



NGC 2264 (left) also known as the Cone Nebula is visible at the base of a large red emission nebula which is  just a small part of a vast star-forming region 2,600 light years distant in the constellation of Monoceros.  This colorful wide field image also features the striking yellow open star cluster Trumpler 5 near the lower center of this image.  To the right is found a pretty collection of blue reflection nebula, notably  the larger IC447 with IC446, NGC2245, NGC2247 and Vdb81 to its north.  North is up in this view.


  • Date & Location:  Mar 16, 17, 18 - 2018.  - StarEffects Observatory, Bernville, PA

  • Weather:  Windy first two nights, Average temperature all three nights 32.8F.

  • Sky Conditions:  Clear with above average transparency transitioning to average transparency.. 

  • SQM-L:  NI 20:21 start - 20:48 end / N2 20:33 - 2046 / N3 20:34 - 20:50

  • Optics:  TeleVue NP101is Refractor 540mm @ f5.4 FF

  • Filter:  CLS-CCD Astronomic DSLR clip in  (Light Pollution Suppression)

  • Mount:  AP900GTO

  • Guiding:  Orion SSAG @ 5 second exposures w/TeleVue TV60is -- Excellent Graph

  • Camera:  Canon 6D Hutech Modified - Astronomic UV/IR Clip in Filter

  • Exposure:  6 hours 12 min (62 x 6 minute subs = 372 min total) @ ISO 800 RAW using Custom White Balance

  • Calibration Frames:  No Darks or Bias (freezing), 10 Field Flats w/Alnitak Flat Man - All Custom White Balance

  • Processing:  Images Plus 5.75a, PS CS6, NIK filters, RC-astro

  • Comments:  I photographed the Cone Nebula with its large red emission nebula complex before, most recently in 2013, but wanted to try for a wider angle view that also included the yellow open star cluster Trumpler 5 along with a collection of pretty blue reflection nebula. 


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