The Horsehead nebula

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The horsehead nebula is located in Orion near the bright star Alnitak in Orions belt. It is a region of black dust covering a part of the much larger red emission nebula called IC 434. This whole area is a region of heavy star formation and is part of the much larger Orion cloud complex.


The image is made with a total of six hours exposure time collected during three nights in January 2022. The exposures are varying in lenght from 120 s to 300 s all taken with L-Enhance filter. The processing was very challenging with very varying intensities in the image. I also had problems with Canon banding in the faint dark areas of the images, and I had to use darks for calibration which I  usually don’t do.

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