The Cone Nebula NGC 2264 Click on photo to return to 'Diffuse Nebulae' Home
Cone Nebula NGC 2264 Christmas Tree Cluster
Other description: Open cluster with nebulosity.
Dreyer description: Extremely large nebula, 3° diameter, diameter extremely north-south extremely stars 12' southwest 15 Mon.
RA: 06h 41m 06.0s Dec: +09°53'00" (Epoch 2000)
Azm: 233°47'25" Alt: +48°18'31"
Rise: 13:10 Transit: 19:45 Set: 02:24
Diffuse Nebula and Open Cluster NGC 2264 (= H V.27 = H VIII.5), in Monoceros
The Cone Nebula and the Chrismas Tree Cluster
William Herschel discovered the cluster in 1784, the nebula in 1785.
The Chrismas Tree Cluster and the Cone Nebula were both discovered by William Herschel. He found the cluster on January 18, 1784 and cataloged it as H VIII.5, and the nebula on December 26, 1785, and assigned it the number H V.27. The nebula belongs to a much larger complex, which is currently an active star forming region.
TELESCOPE: 8" Newtonian F/5
CAMERA: 'SBIG' ST-8XE & CFW8 color filter wheel
CAMERA TEMP: Temp. = -17 C
Processing; MaxIm, DDP, align, color combine;