Located just to the east of Orion is the large, though inconspicuous constellation of Monoceros. Although it contains no bright stars, it does contain a large segment of the Milky Way. Unfortunately, when looking at this section of the Milky Way, we are looking outwards and so the Milky Way is not particularly bright. Nevertheless, there are many interesting deep-sky objects, including several emission nebulae.
Northern Monoceros centred on the Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237) at the top right.
The central region of Monoceros showing the Rosette Nebula (NGC 2237) at the top right. The bright star towards the top left is Procyon.
The southern region of Monoceros. The large nebula at the bottom of the image is IC 2177 the Seagull Nebula.