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Barnard 33, NGC2023, Horsehead Nebula


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Simon Dawes
Time of observation
25/01/2019 - 22:00
Barnard 33, NGC 2023, Horsehead Nebula
Observing location
Bexleyheath, Kent (S.E. London really), England
Sky Watcher MN190
Canon EOS 600D (Full Spectrum Mod)
CLSCCD clip-in filter
46x 60s frames
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The night was young, the Earth had not yet rotated into the glare of the gibbous Moon and in South East London we were treated to a limiting visual magnitude of +4.3. It was time to get the telescope out...

I’d watched one of those docu-dramas over Christmas about a werewolf from America in the ‘80’s that had visited London and run amok. This made me think more about the relationship between these creatures and the Moon, and a thought struck me, it was so obvious I don’t know how it had eluded me until now, if I avoid the Moon, I’ll avoid these creatures as well, this is no doubt why imagers prefer moonless nights. So armed with this new insight I limited my imaging until just after Moon rise.

So I’m sure you can imagine my delight, imaging in this super dark sky, and I thought, why not, everyone says it’s impossible from South East London unless you have narrowband filters, but if you don’t try you won’t know for sure, could Barnard 33 really be within reach? And it appears the answer was yes! And to put the icing on the cake my new strategy to avoid the Moon meant I didn’t see a single werewolf. What a night. :-)

Now, I image only for pleasure, I’m really a visual observer, if I wanted to see a great image of the Horsehead I’d google it, but it is here for all to see and hopefully it will make someone happy when they see that their image is better.
As an aside I’m thinking of lining my garden path with garlic plants and making a picket fence using nice oak stakes that I can grab quickly, I did think of putting consecrated water in my pond as well but I’m not a suspicious sort.


Xilman's picture

As an aside I’m thinking of lining my garden path with garlic plants

Garlic doesn't seem to make very good cloves in most of the UK but the leaves are a superb substitute for chives.  They are also very nice additions to a cheese sandwich.  To harvest, snip off the outside leaves and let the inside ones grow up for later consumption.  A single head of garlic from a supermarket is likely enough for one person's consumption and they'll keep on providing year after year.

Remember, also, that garlic is very healthy.  A head of garlic a day keeps everyone away.

(If anyone wants other recipes for garlic, let me know...)

Simon Dawes's picture

You seem to be an expert in garlic, do you think I would be safe with just the leaves if the cloves don't mature? Otherwise I'll go back to dabbing some garlic paste on my neck, I'd stopped doing this because of the weird looks I got from the commuters the following day, I swear they thought I was nuts. 

nickjames's picture

I get it that Bexleyheath is a well weird place what with all the warewolves and such. Thankfully they don't wander north of the river into Essex so our observing sessions are definitely safer here. Great image of B33 from inside the M25 though.

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