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NGC 2024- Flame Nebula (Dizzle Combination)
With an object as beautiful as NGC 2024 I wanted to go back and combine each of the channels using the Dizzle 2x stacking technique, this technique was developed by A. Fruchter and R. Hook, this technique is very useful to be able to increase the resolution and details in the image, in this particular case the idea was to enlarge only NGC 2024 and be able to see more details of the clouds of gas and dust that form it. NGC 2024 is the protagonist, but we cannot ignore the star that floods the image with light, it is Alnitak, it is the easternmost star in Orion's belt. Alnitak is responsible for the hydrogen atoms in the nearby gas clouds being ionized due to the intense ultraviolet radiation it gives off, consequently the gas clouds lose their electrons, when those electrons recombine with the ionized hydrogen, it gives rise to the emission of reddish light. If we look closely we can see how there are several layers of gas and dust that make up the Flame Nebula. Image Processed in Pixinsight. Data acquired by Jim and Linda Powell, from the Deep Sky West robotic observatory, between November 7, 2021 and January 9, 2022. Team: TEC 180FL Telescope SBIG STXL-16200 Camera Paramount ME II mount Astrodon LRGB Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2 50mm Filter Set. Accessories: Starizona Microtouch Autofocuser, Feathertouch Motorized Focuser, SBIG filter wheel STXL-FW8G, Drew buster controller. Data: H-Alpha: 21x1800" -20C bin 1x1 Luminance: 48x300" -20C bin 1x1 Blue: 32x600" -20C bin 1x1 Green: 17x600" -20C bin 1x1 Red: 19x600" -20C bin 1x1 Total integration time: 25.8 hours.
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