Enchanted Skies


Barnard's Loop (imaged from ASLC's 'Upham' Darksky site in Southern NM)

Barnard's Loop Map showing region of Barnard's Loop


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

Barnard's Loop is a large diffuse nebular region in the constellation Orion. The cause for the formation is now known with certainty, but some feel it is the result of an ancient supernova.

The nebula is very difficult if not impossible to observe visually.

This image was taken at my club's dark sky site located about 35 miles north of Las Cruces. Thanks to Dave Dockery for providing the lens.

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Canon 50mm f/1.8 (operating at f/3.2)
Canon 300D (type 1 modified)
Misc. Optics:
10 x 3 minutes @ ISO 800
Camera piggybacked atop ATP wedge-mounted Celestron NexStar GPS11. Guiding with GuideDog using ToUCam.
Images aligned and stacked in Photoshop CS. Curves/levels adjustments with Photoshop CS. Noise reduction with Noise Ninja.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)