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The Hunter's Sword | by Dark Arts Astrophotography
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The Hunter's Sword

The Orion, Running Man, Horsehead and Flame Nebulae and some of the smaller nebulae in a shot of the heart of the constellation Orion.


A reprocess of an image shot in November 2015. I had captured excellent data and the processed image looked good, but I knew there was a lot missing. The region imaged contains heavy dust clouds that I had somehow managed to process out of the image, showing only the nebulae. This time, I used a completely different post-processing technique that not only preserved the clouds, but also pulled out much finer detail and more vibrant colour of of the nebulae with less "posterizing" of the objects.


Nikon D7000

Nikkor 55-300mm @ 150mm f/4.8

iOptron SkyTracker

2h 24m of 120 second exposures @ ISO 400



Shot at Shawmere Cottages in Lyndhurst, Ontario.


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Taken on November 8, 2015