Witch's Head Nebula, NGC 1909

Nov 2021

Imaging: TS80 apo, ZWO ASI533 (100 gain, 0C), Neodymium
Subs: 376x60s (6h), darks, flats, and darkflats
Software: NINA, Phd2, PixInsight

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The Witch's Head nebula is an extremely faint reflection nebula in the Orion constellation. According to Wikipedia, it is believed to be an ancient supernova remnant or gas cloud illuminated by the nearby supergiant star Rigel (not in my frame). I imaged this over a total of 5 nights in early then late Nov 2021.

This nebula is extremely faint and would not be considered imageable from my Bortle 8 backyard. The only reason I attempted this is because it is my astronomy forum's November challenge target. The outcome shows why this is not a viable target. The target is barely above the background noise and on the individual sub, the target is not visible at all. Stretching hard enough to make it visible here shows the poor quality with high noise.