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Flame Nebula - NGC 2024

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NGC 2024, the Flame Nebula, is an emission nebula located near Zeta Orionis (Alnitak), the easternmost star in Orion the Hunter's belt.  The nebula is uncharacteristically orange.  A young star cluster is hidden by the dense gas lane which divides the Flame Nebula in two.  Most images show odd blue reflections in Alnitak's neighborhood because of its brightness.  My image showed a very ugly offset "SCT donut" around Alnitak that I cropped out.  NGC 2024 is a great candidate for the new Tak.  It's a poor target for visual observers thanks to Alnitak.

Flame Nebula NGC 2024
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 Object Details:  
 Type:  Emission nebula
 Constellation:  Orion
 Distance:  1400 light-years
 Size:  11 light-years

 Image Details:
 Date:  Oct. 19, 2003
 Site:  Harahan, LA
 Exposure:  CCD, 6 x 2 min.
 Filters:  Orion SkyGlow LPR
 Processing:  MSB Astroart 3.0
 Telescope:  10" Meade LX200
 Reducer:  Meade, f/3.3
 CCD:  Starlight Express MX7C
 Autoguider:  S.T.A.R. 2000

 Date:  Oct. 07,2010
 Site:  Harahan, LA
 Exposure:  CCD, 15 x 4 min
 Filters:  IDAS LPS-P48
 Processing:  MSB Astroart 3.0
 Telescope:  4" Tak FSQ-106N
 Reducer:  None (f/5.0)
 Image CCD:  SX SXV-H9C
 Guide CCD:  SX  MX7C
 Guide Scope:  Vixen ED80Sf