NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula


Mark Griffith

Swindon, Wiltshire. UK

Celestron C11 Sct, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount,Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik filters. F6.3 focal reducer.

Emission nebula in the northern reaches of the constellation Orion.

Bright object. Strong in the oxygen and sulphur component so an excellent target for a hubble palette image.

Spent a good 15 minutes on the framing. Tight in my 30 minute field of view, so made sure I was capturing as much of the nebula as possible, before starting my imaging run.

Data from two nights. 16th January & 19th January 2015. Two prefect nights for imaging cold, clear and no wind.

Slightly reduced the hygrogen alpha component in photoshop using a curve adjustment to the green channel. This reveled more of the blue oxygen component.

Sii Ha Oii image with 7 hours and 44 minutes of data. 21 x Sii 6 min, 47 x Ha 4 min, 25 x Oii 6 minute. 2×2 binning.