Rigel and Witch Head Nebula: Very close to the bright star Rigel of the constellation Orion is in the neighbouring constellation of Eridanus a rather faint reflection nebula, resembling a witches head. Its designation is IC 2118 and it is created by the strong radiation of the star, which is reflected from gas molecules and dust.
You find Rigel right of the center of the image and the witch head to the west of it. Other fainter parts of the Orion molecular cloud can also be detected in the image, to the right part of Barnard´s loop.

Object Rigel and Witch Head Nebula
Category Nebulae
Designation IC 2118
Constellation Eridanus
Optics Canon EF lens 200mm 1:2.8 @ f/3.5
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6 x 10min, 3 x 10min each Astrodon LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and Skywatcher ED80 as Guide Scope, Maxim DL as guiding software
Processing Maxim DL5,Photoshop. Color Code L,R,G,B
Location-Date Sutherland, South Africa - 12 Feb 2010
Remark The star background has been attenuated to better display the nebular structures
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