During one of my recent trips to the Flinders I took a few photos of Orion. Orion is one of my favourite summer constellations. Normally Orion is visible during the early evening in Summer months. Well, its winter here at the moment and I had to get up at 3am to take my photos of Orion. I had to wait until 3am because the moon only set at 2am and I needed some sleep.

In this image the Great Nebula in Orion (M42) is at the top right. The Horsehead Nebula is just visible at the bottom centre to the right of the bright Zeta Orionis. The three bright stars in a row is also known as Orion’s belt and the large nebula is located in Orion’s sword.

Orion 3x3min 1200

This image is made up of 3 x 3 minute exposures with 3 dark frames. I used an iOptron SkyTracker to keep my Canon 600D with a Canon EFS 18-135mm on target. I used 135mm. 540 seconds in total, f/5.6 at ISO-3200. Processing as usual with DSS, CS2 and LR4.


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