NGC-2244, The Rosette Nebula is located in the constellation of Monoceros. This object is an open cluster consisting of hot young stars, and is imbedded in a huge cloud of hydrogen gas which is excited and ionized by the radiation from these young stars. It lies at a distance of 5200 light years from Earth and measures
approximately 130 light years in diameter.
This image, acquired on December 28, 2013, is a 30 minute integration of 5 minute exposures through the Celestron C-11 at f/2, using the HyperStar III imaging system and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C color CCD camera, operating at -10 degrees below ambient temperature and binned 1 X 1. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5 Pro. Post processed using PhotoShop CS2, Gradient XTerminator, StarShrink, Carboni's Astro Tools and NoiseWare.