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Monkey Head Nebula: This neat little emission nebula in the constellation of Orion got its name from the distinct form, which seems somewhat appropriate. The catalogue name NGC 2174 denotes the nebula and the open star cluster within the nebula is NGC 2175, which ionizes the surrounding gas and dust giving rise to the emission nebula. When seen in deep higher resolution as in this image several interesting details come out which include also smaller reflection nebulae.

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.



Object Monkey Head Nebula
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 2174, NGC 2175
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 H-alpha, 3 x 5min each RGB. Baader 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/R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 16 Dec 2012
 
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