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Orion: One of the most conspicuous constellations in the sky is Orion, the Hunter. This very wide field deep exposure shows not only the prominent stars of the constellation as yellow Betelgeuze and blue Rigel, but also the wonderful Deep Sky Objects contained within Orion.
In the center of the constellation are the socalled Belt Stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. Some of the most beautiful nebulae in the whole sky make up Orion`s Sword. Within the sword there are Flame with Horse Head Nebula and of course, maybe the most famous of all, Great Orion Nebula. Close to Rigel eerie Witch Head Nebula is lurking and at the very bottom left the red emission of Lowers Nebula is unveiled.
The large round emission nebula left of center is Sh2-264 also called the North Orion Bubble.
The beautiful red arc around the center of the constellation is Barnard´s Loop, the nature of which is still not really understood.

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Object Orion
Category Constellations
Designation Orion
Constellation Orion
Optics Canon EF 50mm lens f/1.8 @ f/5.7
Mount Takahashi EM-11
Camera Modified Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure 15x5min ISO 1600
Calibration Darkfield
Guiding Unguided
Processing DeepSkyStacker, Photoshop
Location-Date Hakos,Namibia - 12 Dec 2012
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