#2: South of Orion

South of Orion is the topic of Part #2 of our image presentation, where we want to share the results from our astrophotography-trip to the Hacienda Los Andes in Chile.

The first image shows vdB 64, a small reflection nebula in constellation Lepus, which is about 1,400 light years away. IC 2177 (also known as Seagull Nebula) is a large but very diffuse emission nebula that lies along the border between the constellations Monoceros and Canis Major.

The Witch Head Nebula (IC 2118) is an extremely faint reflection nebula in the constellation Eridanus. It is illuminated by the nearby supergiant star Rigel in constellation Orion. Dust particles, reflecting blue light better than red, are a factor in giving the Witch Head Nebula 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 within the nebula.

vdB 64 - TEC RC 20"

IC 2177 @ 200mm

IC 2118 @ 200mm

Another object which also can be found in constellation Eridanus is the edge-on barred spiral galaxy NGC 1532. This galaxy may possess several dwarf companion galaxies. It is clearly interacting with one of these companions, the amorphous dwarf galaxy NGC 1531. The tidal forces from this interaction have created unusual plumes above the disk of NGC 1532, which is also an outlying member of the Fornax Cluster.

Haffner 15 is an open star cluster located in the outer Galactic disc. It is found to be a young, significantly reddened cluster, member of the Perseus arm in the third Galactic quadrant. The last image shows NGC 2516, an open star cluster in the constellation Carina discovered by Abbe Lacaille in 1751-1752. It's distance to our solar system is about 1,300 light years and it's estimated age approximately 135 million years.

NGC 1532 - RCOS 14.5"

Haffner 15 - RCOS 14.5"

NGC 2516 @ 200mm

Once again we want to end the image presentation with a stunning video from our timelapse photographer Justin Kabaus.