NGC 2264 is the designation number of the New General Catalogue (NGC) that identifies two astronomical objects as a single object: the “Cone Nebula”, and the “Christmas Tree Cluster”. The objects are located in the Monoceros constellation and are located about 720 parsecs or 2,300 light-years from Earth. The Christmas Tree Cluster was named for its triangular shape, formed by a cluster of very young stars, that looks like a tree in visible light.
NGC 2264, 17 November 2018, Vorst, William Optics 110 mm APO FLT f/7, Canon EOS 600D, UV-IR, UHC filter, 400 ISO, 20 frames each 30 sec, 600 s, fitswork.
Open star cluster NGC 2264 (“christmas tree”), Vorst (D), 17 November 2018, William Optics 110 mm APO FLT f/7, Canon EOS 600D, UV-IR, UHC filter, 400 ISO, f = 770 mm, 600 sec, PixInsight V 1.8.8-5