The constellation of Orion is beginning to show its dominance in the night skies as we enter the Winter months. We have already seen this year’s rendition of the Orion Cloud Complex. We will now take a closer look at the region surrounding the eastern most star of Orion’s Belt, Alnitak or Zeta Orionis (the brightest star shown above). The other stars that make up Orion’s Belt are Alnilam and Mintaka.

The region around Alnitak is rich with emission and reflection nebulas. The two that are featured in this post are the Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) and the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024). Undoubtedly, my favorite is the iconic Horsehead Nebula, which is a small dark nebula that strikingly resembles a horse’s head. It is located some 1,500 light years away from Earth. See the video below to gain a better perspective.

Orion Constellation

Gear: AA Hypercam 26C, SW Evostar 72ED, HEM27 mount, SVbony Ha filter (7nm), Optolong CLS; SVbony 120mm guidescope + ZWO 120mc

Exif: Ha 2 hrs, RGB 1 hr (5-min subs); Gain 200, Offset 3, TEC @ 10 degrees


  1. WOW! This is really beautiful. That horse poppin’ 🐴 Great job Drex! 👏🏽 Love the video too 🌟

  2. Great Photo! I always wanted to try to see the Horsehead Nebula visually but I believe that it probably requires a longer exposure time. Even back in the day when astrophotographer is used film I’m pretty sure they had to use a long exposure to capture it. Also the other thing I didn’t really realize that it is actually a really small object! I guess if you had a large enough visual telescope and the proper filters you might actually be able to catch a glimpse of it with the naked eye. Fortunately we can now enjoy your picture and digital rendering which is quite lovely and more than adequately does the job!
    More clear skies my friend!

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