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 S07°54'
|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|
|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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