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Observation by Kevin Gurney: Alnitak and friends

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Kevin Gurney


Kevin Gurney


2016 Dec 21 - 20:11


2017 Jan 12 - 18:10



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Field centre

RA: 05h40m
Dec: -02°11'
Position angle: -101°22'

Field size

1°39' × 1°21'

  • William Optics Star 71
  • Atik 460EX mono
  • Skywatcher AZ-EQ6-GT
  • HII, B, G, Baader filters
  • WO 50mm guidescope - side by side

HII 12x 300s; Blue 12 x 300s; Green 12 x 300s. All bin 1x1 -15C



Target name

Horesehead and flame nebulae (and others)


Alnitak and friends

About this image

One of the most photogenic parts of the sky... The very best  pictures of this area show structure in the dark nebulosity below the horsehead... I just have a suggestion of this with a vague mottled effect. However, there is some nice structure in the emission nebula (IC434) that is the backdrop to the horsehead. This emerged after some use of the local histogram tool in Pixinsight... but more detail would require  better data, I think, from a good dark sky (not suburban Sheffield).

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