The Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) is part of the same expanse of gas that gives us the more well known horse-head nebula. The horse-head nebula is a very faint emission nebula well know because if it's canny likeness to the shape of a horse's head. Both are part of the Orion Molecular Cloud, a star-forming region just below Orion's Belt in the night sky.
|The Flame and Horse-head Nebula seen together |
with Cluster Camera
The dark shapes and filaments, which are somewhat separate to the bright areas, are between us and the glowing region and block some of this light, producing intricate details.
|The Flame Nebula imaged with Galaxy Cam|
|A H-alpha filter removes glare from the star. |
This image is the result of many exposures stacked together.
- The Flame Nebula is in the NGC catalogue as NGC 2024
- An exposure time of 120 000 ms works well on any filter.
- Use Galaxy Cam for the best detail.
- BVR (colour) works to give a very colourful image.
- H-alpha gives a faint, black and white image, but without star glare.
- Or use Cluster Cam with a Colour or Red filter to capture a larger region.