Orion’s Belt… and Sword

Say hello to the rich nebulae in Orion’s iconic Belt and Sword. Orion’s Belt, sometimes referred to as the Three Kings consists of the three bright stars Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka. Orion’s Sword is comprised of the three stars 42 Orionis, Theta Orionis, and Iota Orionis. Even if we are not familiar with the names of the stars, this region of the Orion constellation includes (from left to right) the Flame Nebula, Horsehead Nebula, Running Man Nebula, and the Great Orion Nebula. Under dark skies, the Orion Nebula, a diffused nebula, that can be seen with the naked eyes as a fuzzy patch on the middle of the three stars that comprises the sword. It is located approximately 1,344 light years away from Earth.

Gear: Canon 77D + Askar FMA180 lens + Ha filter; 15 subs @ 180 secs, ISO 1600, f/4.5

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