Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Contains:  Horsehead nebula  ·  IC 434  ·  NGC 2023
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Horsehead Nebula in Narrowband, 


            Frank Kane
Horsehead Nebula in Narrowband
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Horsehead Nebula in Narrowband

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher StarLux 190MN

Imaging cameras: Atik 414EX Mono

Software: Software Bisque The Sky X Pro  ·  Adobe Phosotshop CS6  ·  Topaz Labs Topaz DeNoise 6  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight

Accessory: MoonLite Focuser w/High Res Stepper Motor

Dates:Jan. 17, 2019

Frames: 92x120"

Integration: 3.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 10.59 days

Avg. Moon phase: 81.57%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2473267

RA center: 5h 41' 8"

DEC center: -2° 22' 55"

Pixel scale: 1.332 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 89.745 degrees

Field radius: 0.285 degrees

Resolution: 941x1217

Data source: Backyard


The iconic Horsehead Nebula, shot through Ha / SII/ OIII narrowband filters - and processed to look as natural as I could. As a starting point, red was mapped to 76% Ha / 24% S2, green to O3, and blue to 85% O3 / 15% Ha. Of course once PixInsight was done stretching and calibrating everything the colors changed considerably, but for the better! In spite of a bright moon and pretty bad light pollution, the result came out OK.



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Horsehead Nebula in Narrowband, 


            Frank Kane