Night Sky Derby

“And the horses are off!!!” Meet the Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) in pursuit of the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024). This iconic pair is located around the star Altinak in Orion’s Belt (constellation of Orion). The Horsehead Nebula, which is located some 1,500 light years away from Earth, is part of large, dark, molecular cloud. The red glow is as a result of hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, while the darkness of the ‘horsehead’ is caused mostly by thick interstellar dust.

Mount: Explore Scientific EXOS2GT mount

Camera: Altair Hypercam 183MC

Main Scope: Skywatcher ED72 APO + 0.8 reducer + flattener + Altair Quadband OSC filter

Guiding: Svbony 30mm f/4 + ASI120MC

Exif: 29 frames at 5 mins; Gain 400; Offset 30; focal length 340mm; f/4.5

APP, PixInsight, Photoshop, PHD2


  1. Absolutely! You know that’s what I’ve always felt about that horsehead nebula it was really never a visual target. Plus it’s not actually that big so you did a nice job of capturing it I think!
    Still impressed with the color palette that you’re getting on all your photos.!


    The HORSEHEAD NEBULA was always something I wanted to see, but was never able.
    I think it’s basically a photographic object.
    Maybe you could see it with a really large aperture telescope and then the correct type of filtering, but I never had that opportunity.

    Great picture and thank you for sharing!
    The weather must be good because I see you’re quite busy out there every night! 😎🙏👍👏💯

    1. This one is too dark to be able to see with a scope I would think. I have been trying this one for over a year but have not been successful, so I am very pleased with the results.

      Over the last week we had incredible weather. I have taken a few targets but I have not processed yet. Stay tuned for Thor’s Helmet! 😏

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