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The Orion Nebula through wispy high clouds

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#1 sabersix

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Posted 06 December 2019 - 07:07 AM

Orion Nebula Sequator 5 Dec 2019

 

I was out playing at a local spot last night that has a view all the way down to the horizon.  I like this spot because there isn't any light generation to the east.  I love living close enough to the coast to have access to a spot like this.

 

My original intention was was to go after the Pleiades.  I took an hour+ worth of exposures and was considering packing up, but I once I saw Orion rising above the horizon I had to hang around a bit longer.

 

I was not expecting much as there were a lot of thin high altitude clouds moving around.  After the first shot, I knew I needed to hang around and play with this.  I was amazed at how vivid the red was in that shot.  And I was hooked.  On some of the learlier shots I had seen a bit of elongation in the stars, so I was going to a higher ISO and shorter exposures. I was concerned how this would affect my shots, but I do not see anything that gives me pause in the final.

 

I was using a 80mm Skywatsher pro refractor, with my Ha modified T3i. That gives me a focal length of about 960mm, I think.  Then, I stacked this in Sequater, then processed in Photoshop.  I can see where the highlights are a bit blown out in the center.  Thats something to correct next time.


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