An ancient witch

Processed by Warren Keller; data acquired via Telescope Live at Heaven’s Mirror Observatory, Australia

The Witch Head Nebula (IC 2118) makes for a spooky sight in Eridanus, some 900 light-years distant, illuminated by the nearby star Rigel in Orion. This LRGB image was captured with a 4.2-inch refractor, a cooled CCD camera, and 11 hours 40 minutes of exposure.