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Date: 09/01/2010


Name: Horsehead Region in Orion

 The large blueish star to the centre left is Alnitak.  The rightmost star (from southern hemisphere) of the belt of Orion.  Below Alnitak is the "Flaiming Tree" nebula, NGC2024.  To  the right of Alnitak is the famous  dark dust in the shape of a horse head,  Barnard 33.   The horse head nebula is 1,400 light years from earth.  This lies in front of  the large whispy red emmission nebula, IC434.

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Location: Greenwood  WA - Backyard Stacking Mode:  Mosaic
Camera: Canon 20D - LP Filter Removed Alignment Method:  Automatic
Optics: Skywatcher ED80. Stacking Mode:  Mosaic
Exposure: 800ASA - 25 x 420 Seconds + RGB BKG Cal:  Yes
Total Exposure:  3 Hours 02 Minutes. Per Channel Cal:  Yes
Guiding: DSI on Mead LX200R. Method:  Median Kappa-Sigma K=2/I=5
Filter: Astronomik CLS-CCD Darks:  Yes
Focus: Bahtinov Mask Flat:  No
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RA (J2000):   05 h   41.012 Min Levels, Colour Balance, Curves, Saturation Scaling, jpeg Conversion.
DEC (J2000):  +-2 Deg 22.697 Min
Constellation:  Orion
Distance:  1,600 Light Years