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Telescope: Astro-Physics 130 GT Designation:Witch Head Nebula (IC2118) is an extremely faint reflection nebula believed to be an ancient supernova remnant or gas cloud illuminated by nearby supergiant star Rigel in Orion. It lies in the Eridanus constellation, about 900 light-years from Earth. The nature of the dust particles, reflecting blue light better than red, is a factor in giving the Witch Head its blue color. Radio observations show substantial carbon monoxide emission throughout parts of IC 2118 an indicator of the presence of molecular clouds and star formation in the nebula. In fact candidates for pre-main sequence stars and some classic T-Tauri stars have been found deep within the nebula.
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1600 GTO Constellation: Eridanus
Camera: SBIG STX 16803 with Astrodon Ver. 2 Filters Remotely Imaged With CCD Commander
Guiding:SBIG ST402 Guider Type: Reflection Nebula
Exposure Data: RGB 4.5 hours each. Position: R.A. 05 hr 02 min , Dec -07 54
Processed using Maxim data aquisition, PixInsight and PhotoShop image processing Date: December 2016
Data Acquisiton, Reduction and Processing by Jim Janusz Imaging Location: Cave Creek Canyon Observatory