NGC 2024 : The Flame Nebula
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Equipment and exposition:
GSO RC 8" F/8
ATIK 4000LE with Orion Nautilus Usb filter wheel
Guided with Starlight Lodestar with Orion OAG
Neq6 Geoptik Modded
L 8 X 600" bin 1x and 7 x 300"
RB 9 x 300" bin 2x G 7 x 300" bin 2x
Processed with PixInsight , CCDStackV2+,Maximdl,Photoshop CS4
SIte : Saint Barthelemy 08/01/2013
The Flame Nebula, designated as NGC 2024 and Sh2-277, is an emission nebula in the constellation Orion. It is about 900 to 1,500 light-years away.
The bright star Alnitak , the easternmost star in the Belt of Orion, shines energetic ultraviolet light into the Flame and this knocks electrons away from the great clouds of hydrogen gas that reside there. Much of the glow results when the electrons and ionized hydrogen recombine. Additional dark gas and dust lies in front of the bright part of the nebula and this is what causes the dark network that appears in the center of the glowing gas. The Flame Nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a star-forming region that includes the famous Horsehead Nebula.
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