Deep Sky Object in Winter
NGC2359(Duck Nebula in Canis Major)


Date & Time: Dec 28 2013, from 24:03 to 24:47 JST(+0900)
Composed 8shots with 6 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
with BaaderPlanetarium Moon&Skyglow filter
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Canon EOS 600D (Remodeled)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(5184×3456)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO3200




NGC2359 / Diffused Nebula, type 2 E
R.A.07h 18m 35.9s (2000.0)
Dec.-13° 12' 00" (2000.0)
Apparent Size8.0'
Real Size100 light yrs.
Magnitude -
Distance16300 light yrs.
Other IDsLBN1041, Gum4
NGC2359 is a small diffused nebula lying about 9 degrees northeast of Sirius. The nebula has a small size of about 10 arc minutes in span, a dimmed shape can be detected by naked eyes through telescopes. Some observers call the nebula "Duck Nebula" from its figure. The nebula consists of two parts of north and south ones, a vast and indistinct northern part forms a head of duck and a deep southern region forms a bill.
NGC2359 contains a special star of "Wolf-Rayet star". Only 300 are discovered in the all celestial sphere until now. It's considered that massive stellar atmosphere is spread out in high velocity, and many emission lines can be observed in its spectrograms.




NGC2346

Barnard's Loop(Sh2-276)


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