Orion would likely be the most popular and perhaps even the most photgraphed Nebula in our sky.
Usually when a telescope, or astro camera is purchased, the moon is usually the first target. easy to find and focus on, and then the wow factor when actually seen. Once the initial excitement subsides, I wouldnt mind betting that Orion is then the thought that comes to mind. It certainly was in my case anyway. Unfortunately though, Orion wasn't in the southern hemispheres night orbit at the time I purchased my scope. Well, that is what I thought. I now have learned that I could have gotten up at about 2:30am to see it. Getting up early wasn't a strong point for me. When I purchased my Astro gear, I had all intention of going out at night, have a look and a snap, then go to bed. I have since learned, (and very quickly), that if you want to be somewhat serious about all this "space" stuff, nap time needs to be sacrificed.
Anyway, back to Orion. The shots presented here are in chronological order. Reason as stated before. It is rewarding to be patient, research information, and play with camera settings. So for those wanting to get into this hobby, you will see the images below are proof of that.
My First Attempt.
Thursday 8th Novenmber 2018
My Third Attempt.
Wednesday 19th December 2018
Triple exposure time from my third attempt. Heavily over exposed, but now I know what I need to do.
Friday 4th January 2019 @ 8:40pm
I was now entering the WOW factor. Lowered the gain below my third attempt, but set the exposure to same to 150% instead of triple.
Monday 28th January @ 12:26am
Lower gain settings than the wow session. I wanted to reduce the centre glow to gather more detail. This time I took many shorter exposures and then stacked them to simulate one large exposure time.
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See the difference exposure times and camera settings make. Same shot as the one to the left with longer exposure.
My latest photo shoot of the Orion Nebula aquired 16th Nov 2019