Resembling a swooping Klingon Bird of Prey, this pretty open star cluster is located in Vela.
IC 2395 is silhouetted against an Ha rich background and surrounded by shockwaves of ionised oxygen from a nearby star that exploded as a supernova some 11,000 years ago.

The LRGB was taken at a rural dark site, using Voyager. The NB data was collected via Stellarmate, from my bortle 7 suburban backyard in Melbourne, Australia.
Not many (any) detailed HaO3LRGB images of this cluster online, so please enjoy this often overlooked target!

Hope you enjoy this bicolour HA O3 RGB image!

IC 2395 Bicolour
Bird of Prey IC 2395 nebula in Vela SNR

Capture Details

TelescopeTakahashi TOA 130 with TOA-35 Reducer
CameraQSI 6162 WSG8
MountTakahashi NJP Temma 2
FiltersChroma RG&B, 5nm Ha & S2, 3nm O3
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)19.0 hrs
LocationKilmore, Victoria, Australia
DateFeb, 2022

About this Nebula

This is a young stellar cluster being between 6 and 18 million years old.
Based on its young age and distance, it is possible that IC 2395 is part of the Vela OB1C stellar association.
The brightest member of the cluster has mag 5.53, and its bluest main sequence star is of spectral type B5.

Bird of Prey

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