IC 434 - Horsehead and Flame Nebulas-  12.02.2008
Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14 @ F/2 with HyperStar
Mount: Meade
Camera: QHY8
Filters: LPS
Exposure:  148X 60 Seconds=  2.5 Hours
Time: 10:00PM - 1:50 AM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
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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.

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