Contains: NGC 2024, NGC 2023, Horsehead nebula, IC 434, The star Alnitak (ζOri)
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Horsehead and Flame Nebula

Technical card

Resolution: 1383x1032

Dates: Dec. 26, 2016Dec. 27, 2016Dec. 28, 2016

Astronomik 12nm Hα CCD 1.25": 13x1200" bin 1x1
Xagyl Blue: 6x180" bin 1x1
Xagyl Green: 6x180" bin 1x1
Xagyl Luminosity: 6x180" bin 1x1
Xagyl Red: 6x180" bin 1x1

Integration: 5.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 27.89 days

Avg. Moon phase: 3.60% job: 1406022

RA center: 85.356 degrees

DEC center: -2.151 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.542 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 95.506 degrees

Field radius: 0.609 degrees

Locations: Observatory, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, United Kingdom


The Horsehead and Flame Nebula
Taken over 3 nights in LRGB and then lots of Ha to show the nebulosity.

The Horsehead and Flame Nebula are approximately 1500 light years from Earth and is located in the constellation of Orion, by the left most star (Alnitak) of Orion's belt. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust blocking the light of stars behind it. The Flame Nebula is a heavy star-forming region. At the centre of the Flame Nebula is a cluster of newly formed stars.




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