Although I am eager to start shooting again with the 5D Mark II, I decided to use the Canon XSi just one more time for a closer view. I shot this image over 2 nights on the 30th and 31st October from my little backyard observatory in Fremont Michigan. Consisting of 15 x 20 minute exposures (5 hours).
Location: Fremont Michigan USA
Date of Shoot 30th and 31st October 2010
Camera: modified Canon XSi
15 x 1200 sec sub exposures at 800ISO with flat and dark frames.
Scope: TMB130SS F7 Refractor using WO/TMB 2.7" Field Flattener.
Auto-guided with Orion Auto Guider on Stellarvue 10x60
Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250 (pier mounted)
Image Acquired using Nebulosity II, stacked with Deep Sky Stacker and processed with Photoshop CS3.
One of the most popular targets for astrophotographers and one of my
favorites, The Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) is a dark nebula in the
constellation of Orion and lies at a distance of approximately 1500
light years from our planet.
The very bright star "Alnitak" shines ultraviolet light into the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024).