I brought my camera along for a trip when we had unexpectedly clear skies. Of course, the clouds rolled in just as I began to photograph Orion. Instead of fighting the clouds, I accepted them as Orion's shroud.
I received my new HyperStar and tested it on several different targets in one night. This is from just 30 minutes (60 x 30s) of imaging using a setup that gathers light 25x faster than the unmodified scope!
Test shot for my new camera using the 50mm lens with Orion as the target.
The exposures were few, but the rewards were many. This is M42: the Great Orion nebula, shot in SHO (sulfur, hydrogen, oxygen). Four 5-minute exposures per filter is exactly one-hour total integration time.
Revisiting existing data to produce an even better result: the exposures were few, but the rewards were many. This is M42: the Great Orion nebula, shot in SHO (sulfur, hydrogen, oxygen). Four 5-minute exposures per filter is exactly one-hour total integration time.
The combination of a fast-imaging session using HyperStar and a slower narrowband session with the Redcat and SHO filters.
The third of four pictures from my shakedown/first light test of the new rig. This is M42 (Great Orion Nebula), M43, and NGC1977 (Running Man Nebula) otherwise known as 'Orion's sword.' About 45 minutes of total integration time.
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.
A flaming Venus chases Orion to the horizon behind the Hornbeck Homestead in Florissant, Colorado.
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.
I took another stab at processing the data for this beautiful area of the sky and was not disappointed!
This bright area of the Orion constellation doesn't take many exposures to reveal the intricate details. This is just 10 3-minute exposures but it was enough.
The Orion constellation.
The purple running man hangs suspended above the red-cloaked Great Orion Nebulae. M42, M43, and NGC1977 together in the same frame!
First long exposure using my CGEM-II mount.
This detailed photograph of the Orion constellation is rich nebulae. The Flame Nebula is on the left of the 'belt' and the Orion Nebula pops at the bottom of the 'sword'.
Orion's sword contains multiple nebulae as evidenced in this wide field mirrorless camera shot.
This close-up of the sword in the Orion constellation actually captures x nebula and clusters, including the Great Orion Nebula, De Marain's Nebula, the Running Man Nebula, and the Lost Jewel of Orion.
The Orion constellation is easily recognizable by the bright red Betelgeuse 'shoulder', three stars to form the 'belt' and a sword tipped with a nebula visible to the naked eye.
A stack of over 800 exposures to grab as much detail as possible.
An integration of several hours of data.
The Running Man Nebula (NGC1977), De Mairan's Nebula (M42) and the Great Orion Nebula (M43) are beautiful on their own. That beauty stands out in contrast when you witness the wider field of view that contains all three Nebulae on the glowing tip of Orion's sword. This is a mosaic of all three with 400mm exposures from Stellina.
This popular nebula is bright, easy to photograph and visible to the naked eye.
This image was rendered from nearly 600 10-second exposures collected over a year.
A candid look at the Great Orion Nebula, relieved of stars and unburdened of color.
It's a popular target, but it never gets old. Although I've visited the Great Orion Nebula (M42) and de Mairan's Nebula (M43) many times before, I believe this is my most detailed capture yet. The data is from two sessions with Stellina taken exactly one year apart on March 4th, 2021, and 2022. I sifted by hand through over 700 10-second captures to cull it down to around 560 of the 'cleanest', stacked it in AstroPixel Processor and processed it in PixInsight.
A detailed stack of eight different sessions to produce a detailed portrait of one of the largest, brightest, and most intricately detailed nebulae.