Enchanted Skies


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

The Constellation Orion Star Chart for Localizing Orion


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Orion is one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky. It's also one of the most rich for various nebulae. The Horsehead, Flame, Orion, Running Man, and Barnard's Loop are all visible in this image. The constellation contains two of the brightest stars in the sky - Rigel, a blue giant, and Betelgeuse, a red supergiant.

Observers with binoculars or modest telescopes can enjoy viewing the Orion Nebula (M42) in the scabbard of Orion. Larger scopes are necessary to view the other nebula.

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