It is one of the most photographed objects in the deep sky. It is bright, beautiful, complex, and elegant. For many of us, making a yearly image of the Rosette is a tradition, like an annual reunion with an old friend. Reviewing each of your Rosette images going back through time is a chronicle of your experience as astrophotographer. Each year your Rosette image is different, a reflection of your changing equipment and improving processing skills. Some years you are blessed with perfect skies, and others it is a struggle to acquire enough data for a decent image. And each season you look forward to the return of the Rosette for one more picture. Here is my 2020 Rosette Nebula. The weather was difficult, but not impossible, and I was able to collect about 11 hours of good data. I acquired a new 925mm FL refractor a few months ago, so I aimed it for the first time at the Rosette for a close-up look at the familiar folds, swirls, and Bok globules of the core. This image is an SHO rendition, using sulfur, oxygen, and hydrogen signals for color mapping.
11.1 hours total exposure of hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur emissions.
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