The Rossette is a diffuse nebula of active star formation in the constellation Monocerous.  It shines due to the ionization of the
Hydrogen gas that resides there, a process fueled by the young energetic stars contained in the open cluster NGC 2244, seen in
the center of the above image.

December 18, 2006
WO ZS 105mm f/7 Apo Refractor - Baader IR Filter
Canon Digital Rebel 300D / Modified (Hap Griffin)
100 Minutes / 20x300s @ 800ASA
Manually guided on a 14" Meade LX200
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI
Rick Kazmierski

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