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The Horsehead and Flame

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The Flame Nebula, seen to the left of this image, seems to have ignited the entire region in Orion. The Horsehead nebula is actually a dark nebula (Barnard 33) against the bright backdrop of nebula IC 434. The bright star between the Flame and the Horsehead is Alnitak, the leftmost star in Orion’s belt. North is to the left in this image. Visually, the Flame is an easy target in a moderate aperture telescope; the Horsehead is very difficult and requires an H-Beta filter and very dark skies.

Takahashi Sky 90 at f/4.5
SBIG STL-4020M (self-guided)
Takahashi EM-200
Hutech LPS Filter
H-Alpha: 3:40 (20 minute subs)
R:45, G:45, B:45 (5 minute subs)
Processed in Maxim/DL and Photoshop
Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools Actions


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