Flame and Horsehead Nebulae

The Flame Nebula lies just to the East of the star Alnitak which is itself the left most star in the belt of Orion. Alnitak is the obvious bright star near the top centre of this picture. The Flame Nebula is just to its left. The nebula is around 1300 light years away. It can just be seen from a dark site and an 8” or larger telescope.

The Horsehead Nebula is a dust cloud obstructing the background nebulosity. I have never seen this naked eye but apparently it can be viewed if a Hydrogen beta filter is used.

This image was taken on the morning of 28 September 2011. It was taken with a William Optics Megrez 90 telescope with a Canon 40D DSLR camera. The exposure consisted of 12 x 10 minute sub exposures at iso 800 (= total of 2 hours) that were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Photoshop.