Test shot for my new camera using the 50mm lens with Orion as the target.
This is Orion's jeweled belt, the region around leftmost star Alnitak that features the Flame and Horsehead nebulas. This is just the luminance information and shows just how rich, complex, and structured the region is.
This is existing data that I revisited to process into a new image. What do you think?
It's a popular and iconic region: the first star on the 'belt' of the Orion constellation, Alnitak. This beautiful, bright star is flanked by the distinctive Flame Nebula and easily recognizable Horsehead Nebula. I collected two nights of data with the goal of creating an image that captures the delicate details of the dust and gases that make up the nebulae in this area.
My first deep space photograph from the new place. Orion was absolutely stunning this morning as it hung low in the horizon. This was pure camera equipment only - no tracking. Just tripod, Sony Alpha 6300, and an F/2 135mm Samyang lens.
The bright star Alnitak glows next to the brilliant orange Flame Nebula, NGC2024. Instead of the more popular framing with the Horsehead Nebula, I tried something different and framed it with M78, the dusty reflection nebula in the lower left. This is the result.
A wide angle view of Orion next to a winter arrangement of bright Aldebaran, Mars, and the Pleiades.
A clear 50mm snap of Orion at its height in the winter sky.
Clear skies, a stable mount called the Sky Watcher Star Adventurer GTi, 30 1-minute exposures with a Sony Alpha 6300 camera, and the fast 50mm manual focus f/1.4 lens by Samyang all conspired to bring you this image.
A detailed exposure that illustrates the major stars and nebulae.
A very tropical Orion rises above the palm trees on Grand Cayman.
The scene of the horse and the flame has always been one of my favorites even as one of the most popular targets. It contains a bit of everything; dust and dark nebulae, reflection and emission nebulae, bright stars and brilliant colors. I grabbed some extra time on this target last night. Here's my latest incarnation.
This classic pairing of well-named nebulae Horsehead and Flame is one of my favorite regions in the night sky. It has a bit of everything, from a brilliantly shining star to bright tongues of heat blazing from the Flame Nebula, to the horse head's shadow casting a silhouette on billowing intergalactic dust. I'll keep improving my technique for this target!