IC2118 - The Witch Head Nebula

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Constellation: Eridanus
Type: Reflection Nebula
Position: RA 05h 04m 37s
Dec -7d 14' 7"
Magnitude: ?
Exposure: Taken 12-28-08 and 12-29-08
14 X 1200sec 
Processing: Images were captured in Nebulosity
Basic calibration (flats, darks) and DDP in Imagesplus
Final processing, noise reduction in Photoshop/Noise Ninja
Equipment: Orion Starshoot Pro CCD Camera
Orion 80ED  f/7.5 refractor at prime focus
IDAS LPS light pollution filter
Losmandy G11 Gemini mount
Orion Starshoot Autoguider
Celestron guide scope
Notes: This image is presented to best see the Witch's Head with south as up. To see the
orientation that matches the finder chart below click here.

The Witch Head nebula shines by reflected light off of Rigel (off the image in the direction
the witch is facing).

This image was shot over 2 nights.  Click here for a rollover that shows the difference
that doubling the exposure time makes.

Locator Chart

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