February 2017: the Horsehead and the Flame nebulae

ok, I admit it. This is one of my favorite targets. The inspiring horsehead. I had imaged it with my 8″ LX200, but I wanted to try with the new setuo, with its bigger FOV.

Here we are, together with the Flame. The bright star is Alnitak, a magnitude 2 beast, which floods the image with its powerful light. This imposes some challenges for the processing tasks.

This image is a cropped version. Original one is even wider. But it seems that my alignment was not quite good that day, and some field rotation is shown in the original one.

Hosehead cropped signed

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