The Blue Horse Head Nebula


 The main part of this imaged molecular cloud complex is a reflection nebula cataloged as IC 4592 located in the constellation of Scorpius. Reflection nebulas are actually made up of very fine dust that normally appears dark but can look quite blue when reflecting the light of energetic nearby stars. In this case, the source of much of the reflected light is a star at the eye of the horse. That star is part of Nu Scorpii, one of the brighter star systems toward the constellation of the Scorpion Scorpius. A second reflection nebula dubbed IC 4601 is visible surrounding two stars on the upper right of the image center.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: TeleVue Tele Vue-101
Imaging cameras: QSI 683 ws
Mounts: Astro-Physics AP1200
Software: PixInsight, photoshop
Filters: Astrodon E-series Lum
Dates: May 30, 2014
Frames: 100×300″
Integration: 8.3 hours

Author: Mark / Scott Rosen
AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 03 June 2014