Dark Nebula Barnard 22 and the 'Little Flame' in Taurus
Barnard 22 (B22) is a 'dark nebula' in the constellation of Taurus. A dark nebula is a massive cloud of dense interstellar dust that we can 'see' only because it blocks light from objects that lie more distant. Embedded in B22 we have the reflection nebula IC 2087 - the 'Little Flame' nebula.
This image was acquired at the Deep Sky West facility in New Mexico over various nights in January 2017 using a Takahashi FSQ 106 telescope and QSI 683 camera. It consists of:
Luminance: 30 x 900s
Red: 20 x 900s
Green: 20 x 900s
Blue: 20 x 900s
A total integration time of 22.5 hours.
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