Tadpole and Flaming Star Nebulas

Designation: IC 410 (Tadpole) – IC 405 / Sh2-229 (Flaming Star)
Hemisphere: Northern
Constellation: Auriga
Distance: 12,000 ly (Tadpole) – 1,500 ly (Flaming Star)
Object type: Emission nebula


The Tadpole Nebula (left) and the Flaming Star Nebula (right) form a large complex of star formation. Here new stars form from the clouds of dust and gas, mainly hydrogen, that fulfil the area.

Visually the two are separated by approx. one and a half degree though in reality the two are quite far away: the Flaming Star Nebula lies about 1,500 light years away and spans about 5 light years across whereas the Tadpole Nebula is 12,000 light years away and is roughly 100 light years across.


Mount: Sky-watcher HEQ5-Pro
Main Telescope: William Optics ZS73EDii
Main camera: ZWO ASI294MC-Pro
Main camera filter: Optolong L-Pro
Guidescope: AstroEssential 50/200
Guide camera: ZWO ASI174MM
Guide camera filter: Astronomik UV/IR cut

Acquisition details

Total integration time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Acquisition: ZWO AsiAir Plus
Processing: PixInsight
Location: Luxembourg

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