Orion Area Widefield Pictures & Links
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Orion in all its color...

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

Orion Nebula

Perseus Wide Field

Cygnus Area Wide Angle Shots

Winter Milky Way Area: This image stitched together with other areas.

Orion Area, wide angle (film)

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. 

Davis Mountains, TX, November 23, 2000   
Photo by Dick Locke

28 minute exposure (no guiding) (1:52 to 2:20 a.m.)
Piggyback on Losmandy GM-8

Olympus OM-1n, 28 mm Olympus f2.8 MC lens @ f4.0
Kodak Royal Gold 400 film
Negative Scan, Minolta Scan Dual, Processed in Photoshop

Wide Angle Astrophotos

Astro Photo Index

My Messier Pictures

Astronomy Pictures: Dick Locke's Astrophoto Gateway page....

Nebula Page

Return to Astro Photo Index

Terry Hancock has a nice panorama of Orion & Horsehead here

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