IC434 Horsehead Nebula and NGC2024 Flame Nebula near Star Alnitak - 3/1/2014 (Processed stack)
The Flame and Horsehead nebulae are located near the blue giant star Alnitak, the easternmost of the 3 stars in the belt of Orion.
The Flame nebula (below Alnitak) is an emission nebula powered by the Ultraviolet light from Alnitak.
The Horsehead nebula (to the right of Alnitak) is a dense cloud of dust and gas where star formation is going on.
Both are part of an extended area known as the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex that stretches for 100's of light years and is ~1500 light years from Earth and includes the Great Orion Nebula in the sword of Orion.
The diffraction pattern in the upper left is due to the birght star Alnilam just outside field.
This is a first use of my new Astrophotography modified Canon 70D on this object . It compares well with longer 300Sec subframes 10/11/13 in the darker skies of Perth Observatory.
DeepSkyStacker 3.3.3b51 Stacked 85% of 17 Images ISO 800 180 Sec, 24 DARK @ 120Sec, 32 BIAS, 12 FLATS, Post-processed with Adobe Photoshop CS6
Telescope - Apogee OrthoStar LOMO 80/480 with Hotech SCA Field Flattener, Hutech IDAS LPS-P2 filter, Baader BCF modified Canon 70D DSLR field 106' x 159' , Ambient 18-17C. EQMOD EQASCOM with Ascom 6 for mount control. Backyard EOS Pro 3.0.3 for Image acquisition. Mount - Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro. Guidescope - Orion ShortTube 80 with Starlight Xpress SuperStar (Mono) CCD Auto Guider and Stark Labs PHD auto guiding software.