This truly spectacular region of
the sky contains open clusters, emission nebula, reflection nebula
and countless stars. In this deep single exposure most of the
image is covered by a single huge nebula, Sharpless 2-273. The
blazing 4.7 magnitude star dead center is 15 Monoceros surrounded
by the sparse cluster NGC2264.
At about 11:00 from this
star about halfway to the top is Hubbles Variable nebula, small
and comet shaped. The blue reflection object to the left is IC2169,
and there is a very strange orange orange cloud of stars in between
it and 15 Monoceros. I really dont know what it is.
See the dark nebula in
the lower left corner? Thats Barnard 38 and 37.
A single image was scanned,
and using PixInsight I opened the curves and histogram graphs
at the same time. By toggleing between them, I slowly shaped
the dark low contrast image with a DDP like curve, but done in
about 4 progressive steps. I was very careful not to over saturate
the reds in this image.