"Rosette Nebula" C49

Object Information: The Rosette Nebula (also known as Caldwell 49) is a large, spherical (circular in appearance), H II region located near one end of a giant molecular cloud in the Monoceros region of the Milky Way Galaxy. The open cluster NGC 2244 (Caldwell 50) is closely associated with the nebulosity, the stars of the cluster having been formed from the nebula's matter.

The cluster and nebula lie at a distance of some 5,000 light-years from Earth [3]) and measure roughly 50 light years in diameter. The radiation from the young stars excites the atoms in the nebula, causing them to emit radiation themselves producing the emission nebula we see. The mass of the nebula is estimated to be around 10,000 solar masses.

More information here.

Curiosity: how many animals can you see in the image?
Exposure Information: 2h20 minutes exposure

Lights: 14x600" 800ISO
Darks: 10
Flats: 30
Bias: 50

Temperature 10ºC
Moon phase 12%

Note: My first image of the Rosette Nebula so far
Imaged at: Prades, Tarragona, CATALUNYA - SPAIN
Equipment: Optics - GSO- 200/1000 Newtonian f/5
Camera - Canon 450D moded (IR filter removed)
Mount - Sky-Watcher Neq6 PROII
Guiding scope – EZG 60/230
Guiding and planetary càmera – ASI 174MC
Image date: March 11, 2016