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Orion's Scabbard (imaged from ASLC's 'Upham' Dark Sky site in Southern NM)

Orion's Scabbard Region around the constellation Orion


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The belt and scabbard region of Orion contains several prominent nebulae including the Horsehead, Flame, Orion and Running Man nebulae. This widefield image of the region shows these nebulae as well as the distinctive stars comprising Orion's Belt.

These nebulae are visible in modest to moderate-sized telescopes except for the Horsehead nebula which requires a larger telescope, dark skies and an H-beta nebula filter.

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/4)
Canon 300D (type 1 modified)
Misc. Optics:
15 x 2 minutes @ ISO 400
Camera piggybacked atop ATP wedge-mounted Celestron NexStar GPS11. Guiding with GuideDog using ToUCam.
Images aligned and stacked in Nebulosity. Curves/levels adjustments with Photoshop CS.

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