Deep Sky Object in Winter
Monkey Nebula (NGC2174-5 in Orion)
|Date & Time: ||Nov 17 2007, from 25:20 to 25:53 JST(+0900)
|Composed 4 shots with 10 minutes exposed|
|Optical: ||TAKAHASHI 12.5cm(4.9") fluorite refractor (f=1000mm, F8.0)
|Auto-guided with VIXEN ATLUX Equatorial, ToUcam ProII & Guidemaster
|Digital Camera: ||Nikon D80 (Remodeled)
|Location: ||Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.
|Camera Settings: ||Recording format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3872×2592)|
NGC2174-5, The Monkey Nebula, is a red diffused nebula at the tip of Orion's club.
Though the nebula is in the area of Orion, it's easy to search that from the stars in Gemini.
This picture is carried turning a north direction upward, but you'll be able to remind the nebula of a monkey's face when being upside down.
It's fairly difficult to appreciate the nebula with naked eyes, but it's very photogenic, can be captured into films brightly and be enjoyed its interesting figure.
|NGC2174-5 / Diffused Nebula, type 1 E|
|R.A.||06h 09m 42.0s (2000.0)|
|Dec.||+20° 30' 00" (2000.0)|
|Real Size||27×24 light yrs.|
|Distance||3300 light yrs.|
|Other IDs||IC2159, Sh2-252|
The nebula has a distance of about 3300 light years from the solar system.
Around this field is in the winter's milky way, and various gaseous objects like the Rosette Nebula lie scattered in this celestial field.