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Constellation of Orion with Friends

Constellation of Orion with Friends - Great Orion Nebula M42, to the Flame and Horsehead nebulas (although not make out the shape of the horsehead), Rosetta Nebula, Sirius the bright star, Barnard's Loop (big red loop of nebulosity) and Messier 41 (the star cluster up and to the right of Sirius)

Constellation of Orion with Friends – Great Orion Nebula M42, to the Flame and Horsehead nebulas (although not make out the shape of the horsehead), Rosetta Nebula, Sirius the bright star, Barnard’s Loop (big red loop of nebulosity) and Messier 41 (the star cluster up and to the right of Sirius)

I have recently been having some fun re-discovering simple low fuss astrophotography with my Fuji X-E2. This camera is excellent at picking up nebula colours due largely to its sensor technology which means no low-pass filter and low noise. The above exposure is only 15 minutes worth of data, from a semi-light polluted outer suburban location in Perth (my patio at 2am!) yet it shows good red nebula including Barnard’s Loop which stands out quite strongly. Orion features the Orion Nebula, Flame and Horsehead which are all quite visible (although the shape of the horsehead is too small to distinguish at this scale).

Every camera has it’s advantages and disadvantages for astrophotography, and the where the Fuji excels is in image quality and sensitivity, but where it fails is focus and usability. Using the fly-by-wire focus mechanism employed by the camera it is very hard to achieve perfect focus.

The Constellation of Orion is currently rising quite late. It’s a spectacular and familiar summer (December-February) night sky object for us in the southern hemisphere. With Orion being high around Christmas it’s often one of the first viewed through new telescopes too 🙂