The Witch Head Nebula in Eridanus (near Orion)

Taken from a bitterly cold, northern winter sky, here she is at the foot of The Hunter, basking in the chilling, blue light of mighty Rigel.

 

 

 

 

IC2118 Eridanus RA 05h02m dec S0754'

Data
Taking Camera SBIG STL-11000XM Nova Scotia, Winter, 2014, mag 6.4 - Sensor @-20C
Imaging OTA Takahashi FSQ106EDXIII with QE Reducer
Equivalent focal length and ratio 385mm @f/3.6
Mount AstroPhysics 1600
Guiding PHD with MMOAG and SBIG STi
9hr5min total integration time L 20X5', R 24X5', G 25X5', B 24X5' Filters Astrodon Series I Gen 2 All unbinned
Calibration and Stacking Darks, Bias and Flat Frames - PinInsight
Processed PixInsight,Adobe Photoshop CS4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although faint, she's actually a very large lady on the night sky!

Here she is, with the moon at proper scale superimposed with her just for comparison.

Incidentally, at a distance of approximately one thousand light years, The Witch is about twenty-four MILLION times further away than the moon!

 

 

 

 

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