The Flame Nebula, NGC 2024

3февThe Flame Nebula, designated as NGC 2024 and Sh2-277, is an emission nebula in the constellation Orion. It is about 900 to 1,500 light-years away.

The bright star Alnitak (ζ Ori), the easternmost star in the Belt of Orion, shines energetic ultraviolet light into the Flame and this 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. Additional dark gas and dust lies in front of the bright part of the nebula and this is what causes the dark network that appears in the center of the glowing gas. The Flame Nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a star-forming region that includes the famous Horsehead Nebula.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C11
Imaging cameras: Starlight Xpress Trius SX814c
Mounts: gemini g41
Guiding telescopes or lenses: TS OPTICS Guiding scope
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar x2 Lodestar X2 mono
Focal reducers: Hyperstar C11
Software: PixInsight,  Nebulosity
Filters: Astronomik CLS
Resolution: 3293×2662
Dates: Jan. 14, 2015
Frames: 20×120″
Integration: 0.7 hours
Avg. Moon age: 22.70 days
Avg. Moon phase: 44.10%
RA center: 85.406 degrees
DEC center: -1.921 degrees
Pixel scale: 1.379 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -138.676 degrees
Field radius: 0.811 degrees
Author: Marsbymars