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Nebulae :: IC434 - HorseHead Region

IC434 - HorseHead Region


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         Object Horsehead Nebula and environs
         Comment One of the many celestial showpieces located in the constellation Orion is the Horsehead (IC434) and Flame (NGC2024) Nebulae. The Horsehead nebula (also known as Barnard 33) is seen center of frame. It's a tower of dark dust and gas which harbours the embryonic stages of young stars. The nebula is surrounded by energised hydrogen which glows vibrantly red. The Horsehead nebula resides 1600 light years away.
To the lower left of the Horsehead is the beautiful emission nebula known as the Flame. The very bright star Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) excites the Flame nebula which displays a variety of colours, from yellow to orange, though the predominant hue is pink. It is approximately 900 light years distant.

This image is a Ha[HA+R]GB composite.
         Optics Takahashi FSQ-106ED F/5 (530mm FL)
         Camera SBIG STL-11000M - 1x1 bin (image scale: 3.5 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Losmandy Titan
         Exposure Total exposure time: 5.7 hours (Ha:165min,R:60min,G:60min,B:60min)
         Date Acquired over two nights.


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