IC405 - "Flaming Star Nebula" in Auriga

IC 1805 (Sh2-229, Caldwell 31) is commonly known as the Flaming Star Nebula. This is an emission/ reflection nebula . The "flaming" is attributed to reflection of the bright (type O) star AE Aurigae at its center.

This nebula lies approximately 1500 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It spans five light years

Lens: Canon 300mm f/4
Camera: Modified Canon 650D; Raw capture; ISO 800 (color) ISO 3200 (luminance)
Mount: Orion Sirius
Guiding: Orion SSAG on 50mm Stellarvue finder scope

Color: 30 @ 5 min.
Luminance: 25 @ 5 min.


Images were focused using the camera's live view. They were calibrated, aligned, and combined in ImagesPlus. Luninance images were obtained using a Kenko R-64 filter. The color and luminance images were aligned in RegiStar. They were blended and adjusted in Photoshop. It was slightly cropped. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied to the final image.


Taken from my backyard on 11/7-8/15.

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