The Flame Nebula is part of a much larger Hydrogen cloud of star forming material known as the Orion Molecular Cloud
Complex.  It shines due to the ionization of the Hydrogen gas that resides there, a process fueled by the bright star Alnitak
seen in the photo to the upper left.  The famous dark molecular cloud known as the Horsehead Nebula or Bernard 33, is
seen in the upper right.  Found in the constellation of Orion, this region lies approximately 1,500 LY from Earth.

November 22, 2006
Orion 80mm f/7.5 Apo Refractor - Baader IR Filter
Canon Digital Rebel 300D / Modified (Hap Griffin)
30 Minutes / 10x180s @ 800ASA
Manually guided on a 14" Meade LX200
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI
Rick Kazmierski

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