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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.
Canon EOS 1000D
Baader Coma Corrector
10 inch (25cm) F/4 Newtonian Reflector Telescope
NEQ6 PRO Computerised Goto Mount
Orion 80mm ShortTube Guide Scope
13 X 5 minute exposures (1 hour 5 minutes total exposure time)
Dark Frames subtracted (10 X 5min)
Images stacked and alligned in Deep Sky Stacker
Final processing in Photoshop Elements 8.0