Horse Head Nebula
I’ve always liked the Horsehead nebula (also known as Barnard 33 in emission nebula IC 434). I remember looking at amazing photos of it in astronomy books and marvelling at it. It is s a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest west on Orion’s Belt.
I haven;t yet been able to see it through our telescope, but I was pretty pleased to manage to capture it, albeit faintly, in a photo. The photo was taken using my Canon 450D with a 60mm lens, piggyback mounted on the telescope. You can quite clearly see the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) just below the atar Alnitak and to the right o f it you can make out the dark horsehead shape of the horsehead nebula too.
Ok, it’s nothing compared to some of the truly amazing photos that some astro-photographers manage to produce, but considering the equipment I’m using and the fact that I’m new to it all I’m quite pleased to have captured this. It’s pretty clever that a standard SLR camera with a small 60mm lens can capture detail in something that is 1,500 light years from Earth.