Best of AOP - Diffuse Nebulae

NGC 2174

This emission nebula in Orion surrounds a cluster of young and bright stars. This image is only a portion of the cloud. It is estimated that this cloud is around 6,400 light years away. Note how dark (opaque) the cloud is on the right side of the image.

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Last Updated: 11-Jun-2014

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Equipment

Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/6.3

SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Red = 10 minutes binned 3x3

Green = 10 minutes binned 3x3

Blue = 20 minutes binned 3x3

Minimum credit line: Glenn Hitchcock and Bob Cowart/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF