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Flame and Horsehead Nebula: All three types of nebulae are found in this extraodinary part of Orions belt area: emission, reflection and dark nebulae. The bright star is Alnitak, the left-most star of the three belt stars(seen from the Northern Hemisphere, otherwise right-most). Easily to be seen in this image the faint horsehead shape of the dark dust region penetrating the huge emission nebula IC 434.

To the left is the beautiful Flame Nebula, a combination of emitting and reflecting regions and huge dark nebulae.



The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.

Object Flame and Horsehead Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation IC 0434
Constellation Orion
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 10min Baader H-alpha filter, 3 x 5min each Baader RGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code L:H-alpha, R/H-alpha,GB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 23 Nov 2011
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