Constellation: Monoceros
Right Ascension: 6h 39m 10s
Declination: +8° 45′
Distance: 2,500 ly
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NGC 2261 - Hubble's Variable Nebula. Patterns in the nebula vary over time probably due to dust clouds that cover the star R Monocerotis at the tip are casting shadows on the illuminated nebula. Located in the constellation of Monoceros. It is at a distance of 2,500 light years away. The star R Monocerotis is a T Tauri type of variable star which is an young star that hasn't yet entered the main sequence for stars. Imaged over several nights with an Explore Scientific 127 mm refractor and Atik 314l+ mono ccd camera using Clear, Red, Green, and Blue filters.

Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
Camera: Atik 314l+