Sword Region of Orion
Milky Way Region
Instrument: 8" f/1.5 Celestron Schmidt Camera
Platform: Homemade GEM
Film: Kodak Supra 400
CCD Autoguider: ST4
Location: Happy Jack, Arizona
Elevation: 6800 ft.
Sky: Seeing 10/10, Transparency 10/10
Outside Temperature: -5 C
Processing: Photoshop, PW Pro,PixInsight.
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This is my deepest
shot yet of this complex region, dominated by the Great Orion
Nebula in the center. The blue reflection nebulosity NGC1973-77
is just above, and a small nebulous patch NGC1999 is above. The
Horsehead nebula is in the upper left. The key point of this
image is illustrate the huge amount of field hydrogen nebulosity
extending east from the Sword, over to Barnards loop which is
off to the left beyond the frame edges. A few tattered wisps
of blue nebulosity are present as well.
Sky conditions were perfect
as it gets. I doubt I can get a significantly better shot with
color film on this target, this is 32 minutes of combined integration
with the schmidt at a very dark sky location.