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Horsehead Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Meade LX600 12"

Imaging camera: SBIG 8300

Software: Photoshop CS6PixInsight 1.8

Resolution: 4006x2524

Dates: Nov. 23, 2016Nov. 24, 2016Feb. 24, 2017

Frames:
Ha: 15x1200" bin 1x1
Near IR: 10x600" bin 1x1
RGB: 32x180" bin 2x2

Integration: 8.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 25.06 days

Avg. Moon phase: 22.26%

Astrometry.net job: 1581852

RA center: 85.270 degrees

DEC center: -2.445 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.492 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 83.488 degrees

Field radius: 0.324 degrees

Locations: Thin Air Observatory, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Description

Iconic object in the belt of Orion.

This image was captured under high desert skies near Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA with a telescope of 12" aperture at f/8 and an electrically-cooled CCD camera. 6.5 hours initial exposure. (Ha-Ha-G-B mapped to L-R-G-B). An a additional 1.5 hours of near IR data was blended into the luminance layer to reveal further detail in the bottom half of the image.

Two-panel mosaic.

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Greg Allegretti
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