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Orion Nebula

The orion nebula region as captured from my backyard in Austin, Texas last Saturday night. I had been waiting for that perfect moonless night, free of clouds, but it just wasn't happening. The moon was 2/3 full and about 20 degrees away. I couldn't run very long exposures or high iso, but still I think this is my best effort so far. Still a work in progress, but getting there.


Imaged with a CLS_CCD filtered canon 7D and 100-400mm lens at 400mm riding piggy back on Meade 8" LX200 classic, guided with an orion starshoot and phd. Images captured with backyardeos and stacked with nebulosity.


19x20s@iso400, 19x60s@iso400,13x180s@iso800, and lots of darks for each.

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Taken on March 5, 2012