IC 405, Caldwell 31 or the Flaming Star Nebula is an emission/reflection nebula that requires darkness and patience to pull details out. A 12.5” reflector was used here to observe and a NPB filter from DMG optics helpful. I observed & sketched the same object 3 years ago and didn’t see the details visible this time around. I would partly account this to gaining greater ability from sketching the object again with more patience this time around.
Proper motion studies of AE Auriga show it to be an ejected star from the Orion Belt region. Its chance passage through this nebulous region of gas & dust give it a “Flaming Star” appearance.
Heavyweight white paper, 2B pencil, charcoal and brush.
Photoscape to invert
12.5” Portaball 80X
NPB DMG Optics Filter
Cindy (Thia) Krach
4 thoughts on “Flaming Star Nebula”
This is a very interesting object, thank you to share your patience and dark sky with us.
Very impressive. You see much more of this target than I can reach from my location.
Love the sketch.
Wonderful sketch! Fantastic detail and another example of your artistic prowess. I love the DMG’s NPB filter and find it provides great results, specially on objects like this.
Thank you Michel, Frank and John
John, I also have an OIII and h-beta but use prefer the NPB often.