Seagull Nebula Complex (IC2177) on Monoceros / Canis Major border
This large and faint complex of bright and dark nebulosity is located about 5° N of g Canis Majoris (see finder chart below) and just 2°30' SSE of M50. Its brightest part corresponds to emission/reflection nebula van den Bergh 93. Many other knots of nebulosity as well as open clusters are also visible in the same area (see Figure below).
The above mosaic is composed of images acquired on February 26 and 27, 2001 from Harrowsmith, Ontario. Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera was used on Celestron Ultima 8 SCT with f3.0 focal reducer. Twenty tiles (each consisting of five 60 sec. white integrations combined with AIP4WIN) were assembled together using Corel PhotoPaint 8.
The above image is reduced to 30% of the original. North is up.
Map created in Guide 7.0 - 7°45' x 10°. North is up.
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