Flaming Star Nebula (IC405) in Auriga

( 5h 16.2m +34°16´, 30 x 20 arcmin.)

Flaming Star Nebula is a faint patch of emission and reflection nebulosity surrounding AE Aurigae about 4°SWW of i Aurigae (see finder chart below). Proper motion of that variable star suggests that it is a "run-away" from the region of Orion Nebula. The image above also shows an extremely faint and tenuous nebular area SW of IC405.

The above mosaic of IC405 was assembled from 12 tiles. For each tile, five 60 sec. exposures were taken through infrared blocking filter on January 28, 2000 from Sooke, B.C. using Celestron Ultima 8 SCT at f3.0 and Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera. Individual images were combined with AIP4WIN software and Corel PhotoPaint 8 was used to assemble the mosaic.

The above image is reduced to 40% of the original. North is up.

Map created in Guide 7.0 - 7°45' x 9° , North is up.

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