The Horsehead Nebula in the Constellation Orion

on Friday, March 3, 2023
Here is a shot of one of the most photographed objects in the night sky, the Horsehead Nebula. The Horsehead Nebula is a diffuse dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The Horsehead Nebula is also referred to as Barnard 33 and is located inside the emission nebula IC 434 (the reddish background), it lies about 1,500 light-years away. The bright star to the left of the Horsehead Nebula is actually the star Alnitak, the leftmost star in the belt of Orion.

Observation data: J2000.0 epoch
Right ascension: 05h 40m 59.0s
Declination: −02° 27′ 30.0"
Distance: 1,375±54 ly
Apparent magnitude (V): 6.8
Apparent dimensions (V): 8 × 6 arcmins
Constellation: Orion

Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120ED Telescope, ZWO AS2600mc-Pro running at -10C, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, 24 x 300 second guided exposures, darks from the library and flats at the end of imaging, Optolong L-eXtreme 2” filter, focused with a ZWO EAF, controlled with a ZWO ASIAir Pro. Processed using PixInsight and DSS. Image Date: February 13, 2023. Location: The Dark Side Observatory (W59), Weatherly, PA, USA (Bortle Class 4).
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