The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405 (other designations: SH2-229, Caldwell 31) surrounds the variable star AE Aurigae.

The nebula lies at a distance of about 1.500 light years and spans 5 light years across.
Radiation from AE Aurigae causes the gas in IC 405 to glow red, while dust creates the blue reflection nebula near the star.

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Previous/older images:

Oct 13, 2007 – Canon 350D (8″ f4 GSO 2h6m)

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Object info
Name IC405 – The Flaming Star Nebula
Type Emission/reflection nebula
Constellation Auriga
Right ascension 05h 16m 05s
Declination +34° 27′ 49″
Distance 1.500 ly
Other designations Sh2-229, Caldwell 31
Image info
Image date Nov. 27, 2011
Light frames 36x 6 min. UHC-S unbinned
Total integration 3h 30m
Dark frames 10x
Flat frames 10x p. filter unbinned, created with an A3 size Posterpoweruk flatfield panel
Bias frames 10x
Software used CCDOps, CCDSoft, ImagesPlus, Photoshop CS4
Processing CCDOPS was used for focussing. Image Acquisition was done using CCDSoft.
All separate frames were calibrated, aligned and stacked in MaxIm DL5 Pro.
Photoshop CS4 was used for further processing – curves adjustment, levels adjustment, etc.
Noel Carboni’s toolset was used as well (Local Contrast Enhancement, Deep Space Noise Reduction)
(L)RGB combine was done in Photoshop.
Equipment info
Telescope TMB/LOMO 80/480
Corrector Televue 2″ TRF 2008 flattener/reducer (FL: 384mm f/4.8)
Mount Losmandy G-11 Gemini
Camera SBIG ST-8300M
Guide camera Atik 1HS Mono
Guide scope Vixen VMC110L
Autoguide software PHD Guiding
Filters Baader 2″ UHC-S
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
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