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Contains:  IC 435, NGC 2024, NGC 2023, Horsehead nebula, IC 434, The star Alnitak (ζOri), The star σOri
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Horsehead and Flame Nebulae, 


            Cory Schmitz
Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Orion 8" f3.9 Astrograph

Imaging camera:Canon 550D

Mount:Celestron CGEM DX

Guiding telescope or lens:Vixen Finderscope 9x50

Guiding camera:Orion StarShoot AutoGuider

Focal reducer:MPCC

Software:O'Telescope BackyardEOSPixInsightPHD Guiding

Resolution: 4968x3203 job: 197199

RA center: 85.315 degrees

DEC center: -2.173 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.100 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 132.341 degrees

Field radius: 0.903 degrees


Because this is what we do on New Year's. Even with 78 exposures, the noise came through because the night was so warm at our home in Johannesburg, South Africa. It took quite a bit of noise reduction work to get this looking decent.

Image details:
Data acquired on 2014-01-01
78x 3minutes, 3.9 hours total exposure time
Calibrated with dark, flat, and bias frames

Equipment used:
Orion 8" Astrograph
Baader MPCC coma corrector
Canon t2i / 550D DSLR (Baader IR modded)
Celestron CGEM DX mount
Orion SSAG + 50mm finder/guider

Data acquired with BackyardEOS
Guiding with PhD
Calibration, integration, and post-processing with PixInsight



Cory Schmitz
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

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Horsehead and Flame Nebulae, 


            Cory Schmitz

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