IC434 HorseHead Dark Nebula

Photographer
pithagoras
Email
g-xfrantzis@hotmail.com
Location of photo
Livadi - Chalkidiki
Date/Time of photo
12 November 2015
Equipment
OTA : Vixen ED100Sf & Stellarvue SV80ST2 - Mount : Neq6 pro - Camera : Atik 460ex & Atik 460exc - Filters : Baader 7nm Ha - Guiding : Asi 120mc/TS finderscope 50mm
Description
The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion.[1] The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The nebula was first recorded in 1888 by Scottish astronomer Williamina Fleming on photographic plate B2312 taken at the Harvard College Observatory. The Horsehead Nebula 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 bears some resemblance to a horse's head when viewed from Earth.