Thursday, December 27, 2007

Horsehead and Flame Nebula

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©2007 Richard Murray

Notes: I started imaging this on Christmas night. Clear nights have been so rare lately I have to go out whenever the skies open up. This was taken on a very bright night with the sixteen day old moon very high in the night sky. Only use of a narrowband filter could result in any kind of useful image so I used an Ha 6nm filter for the above image.

I also got some OIII and SII filtered images so in a few days I'll show the color version which should be fairly colorful despite that pesky moon.

Imaging Details:

Date: 12-26-07
Object: Horsehead Nebula (IC434) and Flame Nebula (NGC2024)
Telescope: W.O. 80mm Super APO
Mount: LX90
Camera: Atik 16hr
Filter(s): Astronomik Ha 6nm
Exposure: Ha - 4x10 min subs, Binning 2x2
Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CS2
Location: Burke Ave. Observatory, Three Rivers, Michigan


heavenabove said...

Wow! I don't believe I've ever seen an image of the Flame Nebula before.

Funny thing, my kid has always been afraid of the Horsehead Nebula!

Jennifer said...

I like the sound of Burke Avenue Observatory.


"pesky moon" (HA!)

Look'n good.


Rick said...

Hi heavenabove,

The Horsehead is a little ominous looking which I suppose could be said of similar dark nebula.


Hi Jen,

Thanks Jen. Yes, it's fun to say I have an observatory. Santa was very kind to me this year.