Horse Head and Flame Nebulae

Wow, just Wow.  I've seen plenty of images of this region before, but there is nothing like imaging it for yourself.  The bright star left of center is Alnitak, the leftmost star in the three star belt of Orion.

Note:  This image was selected ATWB Photo of the Day December 26, 2007.

Location:MASP 2005, Robbins, NC
Optics:Orion 80mm ED, 600mm f/7.5
Exposure:12 x 15 min
Camera:SBIG ST-2000XCM
Mount:Losmandy G11