From Horsehead and Flame to M78 Nebula

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About this Image

This image spans from the famous Horsehead area (IC 434) to the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) ad to the M 78 Nebula area, the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. All these objects belong to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and are about 1600 light-years distant from Earth. A small section of Barnard's loop is visible just at the bottom left corner of this image.

Technical Details


Takahashi FSQ-85, FL 450mm

Mount Chart32 fork mount piggyback
Camera Nikon D810A with remote timer
Date Jan 2015
Location CTIO Chile
Sky Conditions mag 21.5 sky, temperature 10-15 C
Exposure 11x5 min at ISO800 combined
Programs used ImagesPlus
Photoshop CS5