Orange Betelgeuse shines brightly in the upper left, and Rigel is the bright star on the lower right. Barnard's Loop, the half-circle red band on the left, is easily visible in this deep exposure. Inside the loop, near the leftmost belt star, the Horsehead and Flame Nebula area is visible. M42, the great nebula in Orion, is below that and overexposed, something to work on someday ;-) The large circular red area on top is Sh2-264. This is a major star-forming area, with the red color coming from glowing clouds of hydrogen gas. Winter Milky Way Area: See this image combined together with other areas. Other Pictures from the Davis Mountains are here
Photo Details (above): 16 x 4 minutes = 64 minutes total exposure time. 3/15/2007 from the Davis Mountains, TX, USA. Canon EOS 20Da (unmodified), with Nikon 28mm f2.8 AIS lens operating at f4, Losmandy G-11 mount. My current image processing workflow is here.
Close-ups of some great areas:
New Feb 2011: Horsehead Nebula Portrait
Horsehead and Flame Nebula
Perseus Wide Field
Cygnus Area Wide Angle Shots
Winter Milky Way Area: This image stitched together with other areas.
Check out the old film image from 2000!. Notes: Orion occupies the bottom middle area of this picture. The three belt stars point up and to the right. Jupiter is the very bright object on the upper middle/right. The California Nebula is on the extreme upper right. Note the big red loop (Barnard's Loop) around Orion. The Milky Way runs to the left of Orion up to the top center area of the picture.
Wide Angle Astrophotos
My Messier Pictures
Return to Astro Photo Index
Terry Hancock has a nice panorama of Orion & Horsehead here
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