The Orion Nebula

September 20, 2021

The Constellation Orion is now visible in the night skies from around 11:40 until sunrise. In the coming months, it will rise earlier and higher into the skies.

Within the constellation, lies the Orion Nebula, which is just visible to the naked eye as a pale smudge under dark skies with no moon. I decided to go to Mt. Kuju, which has pretty dark skies, but I turned around and headed back for Hoshinomura when I saw the Kuju Mountain area blanketed in clouds.

On this night the nearly full moon set rather late, so I had about 80 minutes of dark skies before the sunlight creeping over the eastern horizon would begin causing the nebula to fade away.

As it turned out, clouds started rolling in from the northwest after 20 minutes, so I was only able to get 6 usable frames of the Orion Nebula. I was hoping for around 40 light frames to provide better detail in the editing, but I was somewhat happy with the final result, since I am such a novice when it comes to astrophotography.

Thank you for visiting, and stay safe everyone!


4 thoughts on “The Orion Nebula”

  1. It’s alway nice to ‘verify’ for ourselves, the things we’ve heard about. The impact can be as awe inspiring as seeing a Hubble photograph. I get this feeling by looking at the moons of Jupiter through binoculars, or simply seeing a meteor. Our connectivity to the Universe can be felt deeply, in these moments. Thanks Tom, for contributing to the preservation of this connection.


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