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.

This image was taken only with the H-alpha emission line of hydrogen.



Object Flame and Horse Head Nebula
Category H-alpha Images
Designation IC 0434
Constellation Orion
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6 x 20min Baader H-alpha filter.Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop.
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 23 Nov 2009
 
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