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Horsehead Nebula

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Portage Lake, MN
25 Nov 2000
Kodak PJ400 color negative film, pushed 1 stop
20-minutes at f/4

Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

This is a favorite target for astrophotographers. It's a famous image, but quite challenging to capture, partly because it is only visible during the winter months when Orion the Hunter is up. The weather conditions will always be cold, at least where I live, and so winter gear is required.

It is also a challenge because it is not easy to actually see this target. The nearby bright star, zeta Orionis, is a convenient marker, but its glare easily washes out the faint glow of the Horsehead and another nearby object just below zeta, the "Flame Nebula".

 


Copyright 2001-Jan-25

Thor Olson


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