IC 434 : The Horsehead Nebula

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
-


IC Number:
IC 434


Common Name:
The Horsehead Nebula


Constellation:
Orion


Distance from Earth:
1500 light years


Visual Magnitude:
12


Size:
8'x6'


Rate:

Description :
The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33 in bright nebula IC 434) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just below Alnitak, the star furthest left on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. It is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which is similar to that of a horse's head. (Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
27 December 2011


Location:
Italy - Celado

Weather:
Temp = -3C


Equipment:
Keller Mount
Newton 80cm Celado
Images aquired with: 

Canon 100D unfiltred + UV-IR Filter


Exposure Specs:
Lights: 
20x180 sec @ 800ISO

Darks: 
16x180 sec @ 800ISO

Flats: 25
Offsets: 30

Total Exposure: 1h00min


Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Pixinsight
Adobe Photoshop CS5

 

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