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The Horsehead and The Flame by CapturingTheNight The Horsehead and The Flame by CapturingTheNight
:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: Greg Gibbs. You may not use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.

The Alnitak area in Orion is one of my favourite areas of sky. The star Alnitak is the brightest star in this image and is the eastern most star of Orion's Belt or the bottom of "The Pot" as it is sometimes called in the southern hemisphere where Orion 'The Hunter' is upside down.
Below Alnitak is The Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) and to the right is one of the most famous nebula in the sky- The Horsehead Nebula (Barnard33) in the emission nebula IC434 (The pinkish area surrounding The Horsehead)

I'm not entirely happy with this one. The seeing was not the best with a bit of wind and a warmer air temperature than my Orion Nebula shot a few nights ago. I'm also dissapointed with the lens reflection caused by the bright star. I will certainly be revisiting this area of sky many more times over the years, but overall I'm pretty pleased with this first attempt at it.

3/09/2011
Canon EOS 1000D
Baader Coma Corrector
10 inch (25cm) F/4 Newtonian Reflector Telescope
NEQ6 PRO Computerised Goto Mount
Orion 80mm ShortTube Guide Scope
Synguider Autoguider
13 X 5 minute exposures (1 hour 5 minutes total exposure time)
ISO 800
Dark Frames subtracted (10 X 5min)
Images stacked and alligned in Deep Sky Stacker
Final processing in Photoshop Elements 8.0
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tsahel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Wooaaw ! Wonderful, beautilful ! 
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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silverfernn Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it's your work and your opinion that counts -for you.
me - I can admire this piece in total.
you know, deep sky pictures make me loong for going there myself... and that really makes me hurt.
the doghnut here makes me giggle and that washes the almost-tears away with a grin ;)

my daughter once drew a picture with crayons. lawn, a dirt path, a tree and a dog. on DIN-A 4. it was gorgeous in itself, I thought. but she, age 7, felt something was missing.
so she added a tiny but very detailed spiraled pile of dog poo on the path, slightly hidden behind the tree so you'd discover it only on second glance. then she felt "complete".
and I admired her sense of humor and bravery in it. :boogie:
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
HaHa :D Your daughters picture sounds awesome. Thank you once again for the great feedback. The doughnut was certainly not intentional. It is caused by light from the bright star reflecting of components in my imaging train on my telescope
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Artful-DnB Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
Superbly stunning! ;)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Artful-DnB Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
:)
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011   Photographer
I would be very pleased indeed to achieve this result!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm gald you like it :D Thank you. I'm going to revisit this section of sky again as soon as the weather cooperates and see if I can do an even better shot for you.
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bhalstead Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   Photographer
Can't wait!!
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