With all the great photos of the great Orion Nebula being posted recently, this humble effort of mine seems a bit redundant. However, probably what sets this apart (a little) is being able to reveal the darker dust clouds around the nebula despite the fact that all the images were taken with an unmodified DSLR. It took a fair bit of processing (which is why it may seem a bit over-done), and you can see at the top and bottom left the bias noise sneaking through even though I used bias frames during stacking - pretty much stretched it to the max.
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There can't be many people who don't recognize the great contellation of Orion (the Hunter). With its bright stars, the blue-white super-giant Rigel, and the red super-giant Betelgeuse, the jewel that is the Orion nebula (M42), and much loved horsehead nebula (IC434), and the faint sweeping red nebula of Barnard's Loop (the barely visible arc at the top half of this image). Alas, with my DSLR unmodified (i.e. still has its IR filter), some of the deep red of Barnard's loop is hidden...but most of this mighty constellation is now revealed in this image.
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Been meaning to image this one for a while, but its taken a bit of effort to get my skills (and equipment) up to scratch, as this one's a bit of a harder target - at least in my mind. Taken last night at Gingin, Western Australia, in between high level clouds and distant lightning storms (which fortunately stayed at a distance, but periodically lit up the clear night sky).
M45 Pleiades (or the Seven Sisters) is an open star cluster containing hot B-type stars, and is easily spotted with the naked eyes. The luminous nebula are dust clouds which were once thought to be related to cluster but are actually unrelated interstellar medium (well, thats what Wikipedia says...).
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Project Manager and Engineer (control systems) with over 18 years of experience, Will Vrbasso has also spent the past few years developing his skills in astro and nightscape photography, and has interests in astronomy and spaceflight in general.