Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Contains:  Horsehead nebula  ·  IC 434  ·  NGC 2023  ·  NGC 2024  ·  The star Alnitak (ζOri)
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The Horsehead and the Flame, 


            Frank Kane
The Horsehead and the Flame
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The Horsehead and the Flame

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher StarLux 190MN

Imaging cameras: Atik 383L+

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ZWO 60/280 GuideScope

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Autoguider X2

Software: Software Bisque The Sky X Pro  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight

Filters: Astronomik Ha 1.25" 6nm  ·  Astronomik L R G B

Accessory: MoonLite Focuser w/High Res Stepper Motor

Dates:Jan. 26, 2020Feb. 3, 2020Feb. 4, 2020

Astronomik Ha 1.25" 6nm: 30x600" -10C bin 1x1
Astronomik L R G B: 128x120" -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 9.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 6.62 days

Avg. Moon phase: 46.58%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3225512

RA center: 5h 41' 8"

DEC center: -2° 5' 27"

Pixel scale: 1.114 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 83.618 degrees

Field radius: 0.636 degrees

Resolution: 3290x2461

Data source: Backyard


The Horsehead and Flame nebulas, with about 10 hours of time on it. Ha was used as luminance to enhance RGB data.

The glare of Alnitak didn't affect the Ha data, but it did result in a blue halo that I couldn't entirely remove in the color image. See the revisions for a B&W Ha-only image that is a better representation of reality, without glare artifacts - but also without color :/



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Description: Hydrogen-Alpha-only image, which was used as luminance for the color version.

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The Horsehead and the Flame, 


            Frank Kane