B 33 & NGC 2024 The Horsehead and Flame Nebulae

Obscuring nebulae in Orion: B 33, IC 434, NGC 2023 & NGC 2024
RA: 05h 39m
DEC: -02º 32´
Mag: Faint
Scope/lens: C6 f/5 reflector
Mount: GM 8
Guiding: ST-4 autoguider
Guidescope: 80mm refractor (400mm-f/5)
Film: Fujicolor Superia 400 - unhypered
Exposure: 60 minutes
Location: Lake Cachuma, CA
Date: 2/13/99

A difficult set of nebulae to sight visually, this complex grouping is located slightly east of the bright star Zeta Orionis. The players in this view are B 33, the Horsehead and its backdrop, IC 434. Below B 33 is NGC 2023, a small gaseous region illuminated by a central star and below Zeta Orionis is NGC 2024, the Flame Nebula..

First detected in 1889 on a photographic plate, the Horsehead is 1200 light years away and the distance from mane to nose is one light year.

© 1999 Anthony Galván III
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