Basic object information

Object name: NGC 2024
Popular name: Flame Nebula
Object type: Bright nebula
Size: 30.0'x30.0'
Object classification: E
Description: ! irr,B,vvL,black sp incl
Notes: H V 28;Tank Track Neb;bright but masked by glow of Zeta Ori

Catalog information

RA (J2000.0): 05h 41m 42.0s
Dec (J2000.0): -1 51' 00"

Constellation: Orion

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Härskiänsaari, Ruokolahti, Finland
Date/Time: 5/6.1.2008 22:50

Telescope: Newton 457/2280 mm

Magn: 134x

Filter: DS & UHC

Field: 30'

NE Lim.mag: 6.5

Background sky: 2

Seeing: 5

Visuality: I

Height: 26

Weather: -14C

Flame Nebula. This nebula is the one of the easiest object to locate because it lies just 15' to east from 1,7 mag star Alnitak (Zeta Orionis). That also makes it difficult to observe from beyond the strong glare of Alnitak. Especially the slight western regions are always more or less in a blaze of distant Sun. There are four easily detachable areas bounded by dark lanes. The brightest parts are visible with direct vision but averted vision is needed to discern the whole complex at same time. The overall view is familiar from the pictures. Deepsky and UHC filters improves the view significantly, the latter is the better.