The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion’s Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The nebula was first recorded in 1888 by astronomer William Flemingon photographic plate B2312 taken at the Harvard College Observatory. The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which bears some resemblance to a horse’s head when viewed from Earth.”
This image is a composite of 37 Luminance images for a total imaging time of 4.1 hours. These sub exposures were taken on the Takahashi FSQ 106 that is located at the Rowe, NM location. The images were stacked and processed in Maxim DL, Pixinsight, and Photoshop.