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Rich in star clusters and nebulae, the ancient constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer, rides high in northern winter night skies. This telescopic view recorded in January shows off some of Auriga's most popular sights for cosmic tourists. The crowded field sweeps along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy in the direction opposite the galactic center. Look toward the center-top to find emission nebula IC 410, significantly more distant, some 12,000 light-years away. Star forming IC 410 is famous for its embedded young star cluster, NGC 1893, and tadpole-shaped clouds of dust and gas. The Flaming Star Nebula, IC 405, is just a little farther along. Its red, convoluted clouds of glowing hydrogen gas are energized by hot O-type star AE Aurigae. Two of our galaxy's open star clusters, Charles Messier's M36 and M38 line up in the starfield above, familiar to many binocular-equipped skygazers. [Text adapted from APOD]

Optics: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM @F4
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO
Camera: Canon 5D MkII - Baader Mod
Filters: -
Guiding Systems: SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 17 January 2015
Location: Pragelato - Turin - Italy
Exposure Details: 40x300s @1600 ISO
Cooling Details: Air temperature @-12C
Acquisition: BYE 3.0, TheSkyX
Processing: PixInsight, PS CS5
Mean FWHM: 4.8
SQM-L: 20.11