This week's StellarShot was submitted by Stan Smith. We think you'll agree that his fantastic Rosette Nebula image is truly Stellar. To "Own the Night" Stan used his SVX80T-3SV (boasting a .990 Strehl objective). Stan wrote: "I couldn’t get this level of detail without the SVX and I have versions of it from former telescope configurations to prove it." This makes us very proud Stan, thank you.
The Rosette Nebula is a large spherical H II region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The open cluster NGC 2244 is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula's matter.
Integration Time: 5 Hours
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00
Completion Date: 12-20-19
Location: Westminster, SC (EST) USA
Imaging Telescope: Stellarvue SVX80T w/ SFFRT80T Focal Reducer/Flattener
Camera: ATIK 490EX Monochrome
Filters: Optolong Ha, SII and OIII 31mm unmounted narrowband
Software: SGP, PHD2, PixInsight & Photoshop
Image copyright Stan Smith at Dark Sky Astronomy; www.darkskyastro.com