The Horsehead and Flame nebulae: an image – 8 Nov. 2023

The Horsehead in Orion is for sure the most famous dark nebula in the sky. We captured it under very good sky conditions, together with the Flame nebula, see the image below.

The “Horsehead" (center) and “Flame” (left) nebulae. The very bright star is Zeta Orionis. 8 Nov. 3023.

The “Horsehead” (center) and “Flame” (left) nebulae. The very bright star is Zeta Orionis. 8 Nov. 3023.

The image above comes from the average of 27, 120-second exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with the ARTEC250+Paramount ME+C3Pro61000EC robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project facility in Manciano, Italy. The image was gently processed to show all the finest details and structures visible in the original data. On the right, reflections on the reducer lenses from the extremely bright star on the left are visible.

The “Horsehead” nebula, also known as Barnard 33, is a true icon of the deep sky wonders. Placed in the Orion constellation, in a very reach area of the sky, it offers such a huge contrast against the extremely bright star Alnitak, Zeta Orionis (on the left in the picture above). The emission “Flame” nebula (NGC 2024) is very intriguing, too, so the 1.8 squared degrees field of view covered by the image above is just spectacular.

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