Derby and District Astronomical Society

NGC 2024
The Flame Nebula

Emission Nebula in Orion      RA 05h 41m 54s  Dec -01d 51m 00s

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Peter Branson took this image of the Flame Nebula on the 10th January 2015. It is made up from sixteen 2 minute images taken with an ATIK 314L+ colour CCD camera attached to TS Photoline ED102 refractor telescope with field-flattener and Hutech IDAS light pollution filter attached. The telescope was guided using an Orion Mini autoguider controlled by PHD software. The images were stacked and further processed with curves and levels in Nebulosity.  Image Copyright: Peter Branson.







The Flame Nebula lies to lower left of this image of the Horsehead Nebula by Peter Branson, captured on the 21st February 2014. The picture is made up of 9 separate images of 150 seconds each, all taken at ISO 1600. The images were stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and then the final image processed in GimpShop. The separate images were taken with a Canon 1100D attached to TS Photoline ED102 refractor telescope with field-flattener and Hutech IDAS light pollution filter attached. The telescope was guided using an Orion Mini autoguider controlled by PHD software.  Image Copyright: Peter Branson.





Mike Lancaster captured this image of The Flame Nebula on the 20th February 2014. It is a stack of six frames of 90 seconds each taken with a Mallincam Xtreme X2 camera at AGC 5 using an MFR5 focal reducer and Astronomik CLS-CCD filter through a 10" Meade LX200 ACF SCT. No guiding was employed. The images were stacked, cropped and processed in Nebulosity v3 with further processing using Photoshop Elements and Astronomy Tools.  Image Copyright: Mike Lancaster.




This image shows the Horsehead Nebula at upper right with the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) at left. It was taken by Adrian Brown during January and February 2012 and he comments that it was supposed to be a colour image but at the time he only managed to collect the red filtered data. It is comprised of sixty exposures of 6 minutes each taken with his Skywatcher 80EDPro refractor, an ATIK ATK16HR camera and Astronomik red and CLS light pollution filters.  Image Copyright: Adrian Brown.




Adrian Brown took the following image of a region of Orion which contains the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) as well as the famous Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33). The Flame Nebula lies just below the bright star Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) to the lower left of centre in this picture. Alnitak is the leftmost star in Orion's Belt as seen from the northern hemisphere. The bright star in the upper left corner of the picture is Alnilam (Epsilon Orionis) - the middle star of Orion's belt. Hence north is to the left in this picture and we are actually seeing Orion on its side in this view. NGC 2024 has a dark tree-like structure of dust lanes superimposed against it. This earns NGC 2024 its other name of The Christmas Tree Nebula. The Horsehead Nebula lies in the middle of the picture and is silhouetted against the emission nebula IC 434. Adrian took this picture during the early hours of Friday, 4th November 2005. It was created from 2 hours and 20 minutes of exposure (14 x 10min) taken with an ATK-16HR CCD camera, an Astronomik 13nm Hydrogen-Alpha filter and Chris Newsome's Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.5 zoom lens which was set to 135mm and f/5.6.  Image Copyright: Adrian Brown.



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