IC 2177 - Seagull Nebula in Monoceros/Canis Major

IC 2177 (also known as Gum1) is commonly referred to as the Seagull Nebula. It lies approximately 3700 light years away and spans across the border between Monceros and Canis Minor. This object is comprised of many distinct nebulae. The wings are designatged as Sh2-296. The head is NGC 2327. The bright spot at the end of the right wing is Sh2-297. Several open clusters are present as well. NGC 2343 is the cluster near the center of the frame; NGC 2335 is the more diffuse cluster at the middle left.
Lenses:

Color: Nikon 300ED @ f/4.5 (with Lumicon Minus Violet filter)
Ha: Takumar 300 f/4

Cameras: Color: Canon XS (Hutech modified); Raw capture; ISO 800
Ha: SBIG ST-8300 w/Astronomik 12nm filter
Mount: Losmandy G-11 (color); Atlas (Ha)
Guiding: SSAG on 50mm guide scope
Exposures:

Color: 12 @ 5 min.
Ha: 20 @ 7.5 min.

Processing:

Color images were aligned and combined with ImagesPlus. Ha images were aligned and combined in CCDSoft. The color and Ha images were aligned with RegiStar before being combined and adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were later applied..

Location:

My backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota.

   
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