NGC 2024 (Ced 55p) Bright Nebula in Orion

Located at: RA 05 hours 41 minutes 39 seconds, Dec -01 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds

Size: 30' x 20' Magnitude: -- Class: Emission

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 8" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

  ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -25c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.51

Image:

RED (Hoya 25A) filter, 125 minutes (25 x 5 minute subs) 03/2/2006

Processing:

MaxIm DL 4.53, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s

Notes:

This image has 1.8 magnitude Zeta Orionis (Alnitak) in the field. I couldn't get ride of the 'blooming' artifacts', even with Rod Wodaski's DeBloomer plug-in for MaxIm DL ... although the north-south 'fan' is an unavoidable reflection from the Hoya filter.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 2024

NGC 2024 = Flame Nebula = Ced 55p
05 41 43 -01 51.4
Size 30x30

17.5": bright, very large.  Consists of two main parallel sections elongated 
SSW-NNE separated by prominent detailed dark lanes.  Excellent structure with 
ragged edges, gaps, streaks, rifts and various brightness levels.  Zeta Orionis 
15' NE detracts and the best view is unfiltered.

8": fairly bright, large.  Consists of two parallel strips separated by a dark 
lane.  The eastern strip is longer.  Appears possibly broken (gap) at the base 
of "U".  Best view with UHC filter.

- by Steve Gottlieb