The Flame Nebula – NGC 2024 in Narrowband

Often photographed with it’s companion, the Horsehead – B33.
However, to me that classic composition is very busy, almost too much to look at in one frame – so I’m just concentrating on the swirling molecular clouds that make up the flame itself.
This is three hrs of Ha (20min subs) three hrs S2, two hrs O3 (all 5nm astrodons) RGB stars (10×1 min each)  = 8.7 hrs integration.
Tone mapped with J-P Metsavainio method and processed in Startools & PS6.
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Flame Nebula NGC 2024 in Narrowband
Flame Nebula NGC 2024 in Narrowband

Capture Details

TelescopeWilliam Optics FLT-110 with P-Flat-4 reducer/flattener
CameraQSI 683 WSG8
MountSkywatcher NEQ-6 Pro
FiltersAstrodon 5nm Ha, O3 & RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)8.7 hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateJan, 2016

About this Nebula

What lights up the Flame Nebula? Fifteen hundred light years away towards the constellation of Orion lies a nebula which, from its glow and dark dust lanes, appears, on the left, like a billowing fire. But fire, the rapid acquisition of oxygen, is not what makes this Flame glow. Rather the bright star Alnitak, the easternmost star in the Belt of Orion visible just to the right of the nebula, shines energetic light into the Flame that knocks electrons away from the great clouds of hydrogen gas that reside there. Much of the glow results when the electrons and ionized hydrogen recombine.  The Flame Nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a star-forming region that includes the famous Horsehead Nebula. (APOD)

The Flame Nebula

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“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!”

- William Butler Yeats