Hyperstar III image of the Cone Nebula region in Monoceros

For regular visitors it will not have escaped your notice that there haven’t been many new images posted so far this year.  This is due to two factors.  One – Noel has been very busy with other programming jobs and has barely come up to surface in the last 6 months.  Two – I have had very poor weather conditions since the beginning of the year and have only managed to capture about 5 or 6 new images so far in 2009 🙁  However, Noel needed a break from the day job and processed a single framer of the Cone Nebula taken last Winter using the Hyperstar III kit.  I had intended that this would be a 6-framer with the whole of the Cone Nebula plus a couple of nearby lying reflection nebulae.  But of course the weather had other ideas and what was to be my Winter mega-project just turned out to be a single frame of less than 4 hours.  Likewise I had hoped this Spring to get four more frames lying off the bottom of the Markarian chain to complete a mega-mosaic of the region.  Result so far – nothing – nada – zilch – zero.  I guess I should not really bother trying to plan projects – the weather is always guaranteed to let me down.  Enough moaning – here’s the Cone Nebula.

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