NGC2024 Flame nebula

NGC2024 Flame nebula, by Mark Griffith.

NGC2024 Flame nebula, by Mark Griffith.

Mark Griffith

Swindon, Wiltshire. UK

Celestron c11 sct, skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, Canon Eos 1100d self-modified and Astronomik CLS CCD clip filter.

Tricky target to image. Magnitude two star Alnitak was causing large reflection doughnuts with my focal reducer and IR filter. I got round this problem by positioning Alnitak just off the camera chip. Only managed 7 frames before this bright star drifted back onto the chip.

7 five minute light frames at iso1600. 20 dark, bias and flats. Deep sky Stacker and Gimp. Cropped and reduced by 72% to get image size below 2MB.