The Horsehead Nebula

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The elusive dark cloud in Orion, illuminated from behind. Distance about 1500 light years. Taken with the LX200 and f/6.3 focal reducer, and SBIG ST8E. 60 min Red, 30 min Green, 30 min Blue. Processing with MAXIM and Photoshop.

This image and the one below are identical, except color balance processing is different. Color balancing technique suggested by Matt Ben-Daniel. Which do you prefer? Send me email.

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