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NGC 2024 - Flame Nebula

 

 

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Scope: C8 at f/6.7; Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA;  21 November, 2009; Camera: Canon XT 350D (Baader ACF modified)

Exposure:  18 x 6 min (unfiltered)   ISO 800 , 8 Darks each exposure time, no Flats 

Processing: Images were captured with DSLR Focus  and saved as RAW file format. Exposures were decoded and dark corrected in IRIS. Exposures were aligned and stacked in IRIS with Sigma Median.  Dark point equalization and rough color balance  were done in IRIS.   Gamma and saturation adjustments were also done in IRIS.  Stretch and crop adjustments were done in Photoshop.   Some significant reflection repair was performed on lower edge of the image (reflection from the bright star Alnitak).  Background noise reduction was performed by PixInsight LE  (SGBNR).  Final stretching and touch up was done in PhotoShop.     Final Image size is approximately 3454x2276 - cropped to 2400x1581.

North is to the left in this image.  This image is guided.  NGC 2024 is also known as the Flame Nebula - located in the constellation of Orion. The object is a bright emission and reflection nebula. The nebula material is believed to be a combination of hydrogen in emission and dust. The reflection Nebula on the left is IC 432; the one on the right is NGC 2023.   The Horizontal FOV is about 55 min.

Image Center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 05h 41m 54s Dec: -0151'00"

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