PhotographerAlan C Tough
Location of photoElgin, Moray, Scotland, UK
Date/Time of photo2008 Dec 28
EquipmentSky-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.
DescriptionI 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.