A deep look at Orion

This composite – made of 7 images – will show you what the eye alone can’t see in the area of the sky in and around the constellation Orion.

Perhaps you know the constellation Orion for its three prominent Belt stars, or its famous Orion Nebula, or its bright stars Betelgeuse and Rigel. Here’s a deeper look at this area of sky, revealing many bright and faint nebulae. On November 4, 2019, our friend Fred Espenak – aka Mr. Eclipse – wrote:

I’ve been working on the processing of this image (on and off) for a week or so … The image is actually a composite of seven 4-minute exposures (F/4, ISO 1600) with a modified Nikon D750 and a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens.

Thanks for sharing your image with us, Fred!

Casual stargazers using the eye alone will start noticing and commenting on Orion around now. It’s visible by mid-evening and highest in the sky this month after midnight. By about January, Orion will be even more prominent and noticeable in the evening sky.

Bottom line: Deep-sky photo of the area around the constellation Orion, by Fred Espenak.

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