IC2118 - The "Witch Head" Nebula in Eridanus


IC 2118 is a reflection nebula that is comonly known as the Witch Head Nebula due to its resemblance to a classic fairy tale crone. It lies approximately 800 light years away in the constellation of Eridanus. It spans 70 light years and is illuminated by the nearby blue supergiant star - Rigel.

IC 2118 is believed to be an ancient supernova remnant that is currently in the process of forming new stars.

Optics: Canon 300mm f/4 lens
Camera: Canon 650D (Hap Griffin modified); ISO 1600; Raw capture
Mount: Orion Sirius
Guiding: SSAG on 50mm Stellarvue finder scope
Exposures: 14 @ 5 min.
Note: Images were converted using Canon ZoomBrowser EX. They were then reduced,aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. The composite image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were then applied.
Location: Clayton Lake State Park (NM) on 2/10/16. Temp.: 24 F; Seeing: average
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