A holiday nebula

Reader Tim Anderson sent a lovely astronomy photo with holiday-appropriate colors. His notes:

‘Tis the season to be observing the Great Orion Nebula.
This photograph comprises 30 images each of 60 seconds, taken with a 126mm refracting telescope and a colour astronomical camera, stacked and enhanced to display the gas clouds.

11 Comments

  1. Charles
    Posted December 24, 2017 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Awesome!

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 24, 2017 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I’m so jealous. I want to get a photo of it one day but I’ve had a few challenges getting the scope out. I’m convinced that if i had an observatory out of the wind, this would help.

  3. Heather Hastie
    Posted December 24, 2017 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Wonderful!

  4. Posted December 24, 2017 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    This made me smile more than any holiday story/decoration/whatever. LOVE IT! THANK YOU!

  5. Posted December 24, 2017 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  6. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 24, 2017 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Very cool! This nebula is visible to the naked eye, and is a pretty sight with even with basic binoculars. But it becomes spectacular with more advanced equipment like this.
    Thank you!

  7. Claudia Baker
    Posted December 24, 2017 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Going to look at it with my binoculars tonight. Won’t be quite the same as this image, but still thrilling.

    Thanks Tim. Beautiful.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 24, 2017 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      It will look like a grey smudge. Our eyes suck for night vision. If you think you can see it, look slightly away….it’s a think with rods & cones.

  8. Don McCrady
    Posted December 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Great photo. Nice work keeping the trapezium brightness under control.

  9. rickflick
    Posted December 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    A sign that Santa’s on his way.

  10. Posted January 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    So gorgeous. It actually looks a bit like a dove!


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