The Witch Head Nebula | Jose Mtanous

Photographer
Jose Mtanous
Email
jmtanous@gmail.com
Location of photo
Paredon, Mexico
Date/Time of photo
Octber 29th 2011
Equipment
Camera QHY9M Telescope Takahashi FS60 + Reducer (FL 254mm) Mount Vixen Sphinx Filters: Astrodon LRGB
Description
From wikipedia: IC 2118 (also known as Witch Head Nebula due to its shape), is an extremely faint reflection nebula believed to be an ancient supernova remnant or gas cloud illuminated by nearby supergiant star Rigel in Orion. It lies in the Eridanus constellation, about 900 light-years from Earth. The nature of the dust particles, reflecting blue light better than red, is a factor in giving the Witch Head its blue color. Radio observations show substantial carbon monoxide emission throughout parts of IC 2118 an indicator of the presence of molecular clouds and star formation in the nebula. In fact candidates for pre-main sequence stars and some classic T-Tauri stars have been found deep within the nebula.
Website
http://mtanous.mine.nu/iweb/astropix/IC2118.html