Orion 2019/2020

Orion Nebula M42 Widefield with Canon 6D camera and 70-200mm lens
Orion Nebula M42 Widefield with Canon 6D camera and 70-200mm lens

Playing Around in the Winter Sky

My first photo of the Orion Nebula, taken with the stock Canon 55-300mm lens in February 2017.

As with most amateur astrophotographers, I cut my teeth on the Orion Nebula. Big and bright in winter’s night sky, it can be imaged at many different focal lengths. Starting with my stock telephoto lens, I was able to see the reddish nebula and its core stars with a quick single shot.

With deeper focal lengths & longer exposure faint dust trails started to appear and the full size of this stellar nursery is apparent.

My 2018/2019 winter season was limited with a shattered wrist and was only able to photograph a few nights. When the deck went onto the cottage & the observatory installed I planned to visit more than just the main Nebula.

Horsehead, Flame, & Running Man Nebulas stand out of course, but adding the Rosette & Cone Nebulas in March gave myself a good tour of the Orion Complex this year.

My Orion 2019/2020 Photos

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