NGC2004 & IC434 (Horse Head
Region of Orion) - 10.30.2005

Image Capture Details

Optics:  Televue TV 60 IS
Mount: Meade
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Filters: Orion SkyGlow
Exposure:  21 X 270 Seconds
Time: 3am to 5am
Location: Waldwick, NJ
IC 434 (The Horsehead & Flame Nebulae) 1 & 2
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 http://www.ocastronomers.org/gallery/htm-othr/hrshd02.asp
2 http://www.waid-observatory.com/IC0434-2004-11-20.html
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