Flintstone Stargazing

January 12, 2008

The Horsehead Nebula on 1/12/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Observation Journal — Tags: , , — Ed @ 11:09 pm

The Horsehead Nebula on 1/12/08

I had tried to view the Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) on a couple of occasions before (my telescope’s Autostar controller allows me to just request that it point toward it). Unfortunately, I didn’t know if I was really looking at it because I couldn’t see anything but stars. It turns out it knew what it was doing. I attached the camera and took a bunch of 30 second exposures and after stacking them and working with levels, the horse head just popped right out. I may try to re-image this with the IR filter off to see if it pulls in more of the red. Anyway, I’m pretty pleased with this.



  1. Wow,good job!!.That is by far,better than anything I have ever gotten from a image.I of course,was imaging with my DSLR and shooting next to a street light.IF we ever see clear skies again,I will give this a try with the DSI and H-alpha filter.I would be pleased to get a image with half of the detail you have.

    Comment by Andrew — January 14, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  2. Thanks – it was really something I had to sort of image on faith. I think if I could get 1 minute or longer subs I’d be able to see it a bit more in the camera, but as it is, i can’t see it when I’m imaging. It’s only after stacking and working with curves that I was able to see it. I’d like to get a H-beta filter to try it sometime, but it’s sort of tough to justify the expense for just a couple targets. I may keep a watch on eBay and see if I can snag one cheap.

    Comment by Ed — January 14, 2008 @ 11:43 am

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