The eastern most star in the belt of Orion is Alnitak.  It is the bright
blue star on the left side of the image above.  It is located a little over
800 light years from the Earth.  The area surrounding this massive,
and extremely bright, star is a treasure trove of celestial objects.  
Perhaps the most famous is the Horsehead Nebula (B33).  It is a dark
cloud of obscuring matter silhouetted against a bright red emission
nebula designated IC434.  Another prominent object is the Flame
Nebula (NGC 2024) which is located just below Alnitak.  IC435, also
called the Lump Star Nebula, is located just below and a little left of
the Horsehead. - 1

1 - http://www.waid-observatory.com/IC0434-2004-11-20.html
IC 434 The Horse Head and Flame Nebula- 12.16.2006
Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14 @ F/2 with HyperStar
Mount: Meade
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Filters: none
Exposure:  33 X 35 Seconds = 19 minutes
Time: 12:50 AM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
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