Location of photoBlair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA
Date/Time of photo12/27/2011
EquipmentScope: FSQ-106N at f/5, Camera: ST8300M (Baader LRGB filters)
Exposure: 12 x 10 minutes (1x1) UV/IR Block, and 10 x 4 minute (2x2) RGB Exposures
Mount - Losmady G11/Gemini
DescriptionThe Witchhead Nebula is a complex of dust and gas forming a reflection nebula from the light of the star Rigel which is not in this image field but just off to the lower left. In this orientation, the Witchhead is inverted with the witch's knobby chin in the upper left. Some bluish flare from the very bright Rigel can be seen in the lower left of this image. The Witchhead is a distance of about 1,000 light years from Earth.