The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.

— Anaxagoras 428 BC

NGC-2244

NGC-2244 the cluster in the center of the Rosette Nebula taken last evening.
The Rosette is a big object. I could only fit the core at FL-800. 

NGC-2244

Another

great pic
Seems that you had some very productive EOY photo sessions
All very nice

2244

Joe, very nice detail. I love the tiny tendrills that you caught in the center. The cougar is also very visible!

Dave, I never heard of the

Dave,
I never heard of the cougar..what is it??

The cougar

(Puma concolor), also puma, mountain lion, or panther, depending on region, is a mammal of the Felidae family, native to the Americas.