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Alan C Tough



Location of Photo:

Elgin, Moray, Scotland, UK

Date/Time of photo:

2008 Dec 28


Sky-Watcher Evostar-Pro 80ED (f/7.5), Sky-Watcher Evostar-Pro 100ED (f/9), HEQ5 mount, Canon EOS 300D at prime focus, Astronomik CLS filter, StarShoot Autoguider, PHD guiding software.


I took advantage of the clear, frosty nights at the end of December 2008 to image the Alnitak region of Orion. The final image reveals a smorgasbord of nebulae: Barnard 33, the Horshead Nebula, is silhouetted against the bright emission nebula IC 434; Next to 2nd-magnitude Alnitak is the emission-type Flame Nebula, NGC 2024, with its dark dust lanes; Close to the Horsehead is NGC 2023, an emission and reflection nebula. The multiple star Sigma Orionis is at the top-right corner of the image.


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