The Orion Nebula is back up

It’s about time to post some photos of my own again. These are photos I shot last night at about 1.30, when the Great Nebula in Orion (M42) just became visible through the clouds hanging low above the horizon. The images are single frames and were shot at ISO 6400 and 15 and 8 seconds exposure times respectively.

The Orion gas cloud is the nearest star forming region to our solar system and resides in the same galaxy as we do; the Milky Way. The fact that it is visible through a thin layer of clouds emphasizes its brightness.

The Moon and the Orion constellation. Note the purple/pink glow in the middle of the 3 lowest stars; The Orion Nebula

The Moon and the Orion constellation. Note the purple/pink glow in the middle of the 3 lowest stars; The Orion Nebula

A close up of the Orion Constellation. In this picture the purple/pink gass cloud is more pronounced.

A close up of the Orion Constellation. In this picture the purple/pink gas cloud is more pronounced.

Also, I finally have the motorized mount I wanted. Got a little DIY-ing left to complete the whole setup and then I guess it will take me a while to get the guiding system working the way I want. I really can’t wait to take minute long exposures and photograph the Orion Nebula in all its beauty 🙂

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