Thank you everyone - glad you like it
This is a true (RGB) colour image. On the whole the images you see from Hubble are false colour. Emission nebulae are deep red, and reflection nebulae are blue.
Don't believe everything you read
No - my camera doesn't go in the fridge
I have a standard CCD imaging chip which has been modified by putting a Peltier effect cooler on the back to keep it cold. These are standard astronomical CCDs and mine is manufactured by Starlight Xpress in the U.K.
Although this particular image of the Cone won't appear until SVII comes out, there is a BIG widefield image of the Cone and Christmas tree cluster in SVI - and it's on the back cover as well
Nexstar 11 GPS, 2 x Sky 90, M25C, MaximDL, Photshop CS3, Noel Carboni's Photoshop actions, 7 foot Pulsar fibreglass dome, Canon 40D, 100mm macro lens, 28-200mm zoom lens, 17-55mm f#2.8 zoom lens, 100-400mm zoom lens, 1.4x converter, 2x converter.