Tuesday, November 08, 2016

caught the Flame (Halifax)

Been a while. Hello. BGO centred on TYC 04767-1372 1 for me in an attempt to image the Flame Nebula aka NGC 2024. A strange diffuse nebula in Orion. One of the RASC Finest NGCs. Wow.

RASC Finest diffuse nebula NGC 2024 aka The Flame in luminance

Luminance only, 60 seconds subexposures, 10 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, Paint.NET. North is up; left is east.

It was challenging getting the robot to acquire this object for it protested about the bright nearby star, Alnitak. At magnitude 1.8, the system refused to take the image even with the star just outside the frame. I had to pan well away. Alnitak aka ΞΆ (zeta) Orionis is about 24 arc-minutes away to the bottom-right or south-west. The image scale is 24. So, a half-frame.

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I checked the WDS for doubles in the area. None noted.

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