IC 434 Horse Head Nebula

The bright star is the left star in Orion's belt, Alnitak, Magnitude 1.74 and 817.44 light years away. Just below Alnitak is the Flame Nebula HV 28 (NGC 2024) and to the right is the famous Horsehead nebula. The dark dust blocks out light and the resulting silhouette resembles a Horsehead. This nebula is not visible to the naked eye and it takes special filters and a large telescope to discern the Horsehead shape. This nebula was first detected on photographic plates by E. Pickering in 1889. The Horsehead is approximately 1 light year across at a distance of 1200 light years from Earth.
 
Telescope / Lens Orion ED80 Tele-Vue .8 Reducer f/6 480mm
Mount Type G11 Gemini GoTo V3
Camera ST8XME
 Filters LRGB Custom Scientific
 Film  CCD (Kodak)
 Exposure 120 minutes LRGB
 Processing CCDSoft, AIP4Win, Photoshop CS2
 Date  9-30-2006
 Location Eagles Rest, 15 miles South of Dexter, Oregon
122° 44' 07" 38" W - 43° 50' N
 Conditions 2500' magnitude 6+ Skies; Clear & Steady

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