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Celestial formations of interstellar gas and dust (Flame and Horsehead nebulae in Orion)
Celestial formations of interstellar gas and dust (Flame and Horsehead nebulae in Orion)

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2008-10 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Kariani, Greece
Date: Oct 28, 2008
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 20.333 min (total)
Galleries: Sky, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2008

Another astrophoto after quite a long time in a challenge..
I tried to reveal just a tiny fraction of the beauty in Orion's Belt next to Alnitak, the bright star above the Flame nebula (NGC 2024)
I am not satisfied with the result, but I couldn't go longer in individual exposure time, as this was limited from bad seeing and transparency.
I will consider a good score anything around 6.. let's see!

Telescope : Takahashi FSQ-106ED
Mount : Takahashi EM200 Temma II Jr
Camera : Canon 350D Baader modified
Exposure : 10 x 122 sec at ISO 1600, autoguided with PHD
All frames (10 as mentioned above) were aligned and stacked in DeepSkyStacker for this final composite image.

Place: 23 out of 394
Avg (all users): 6.5758
Avg (commenters): 8.3750
Avg (participants): 6.5638
Avg (non-participants): 6.6053
Views since voting: 2017
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 132
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/11/2009 02:27:55 PM
fantastic image!
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11/08/2008 05:40:57 PM
Definitely a fav, amazing capture!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/06/2008 04:22:10 PM
I gather you must have used something a little longer than a 85mm lesne! ;) Very sharp!
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11/04/2008 08:08:44 PM
Wow| That is incredible.
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11/03/2008 11:46:42 AM
This looks like yours John, I always love these images. The colors are more subdued in this one than in some of your others. I don't know if that's a seasonal thing. But this is definitely worth a 10. Good luck!
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11/03/2008 09:34:49 AM
What a grand view. So where is the dark matter ;-)
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11/02/2008 12:31:10 PM
I watched a movie this week called Sunshine (//www.imdb.com/title/tt0448134/plotsummary) - about a team heading to the sun to deliver a 'payload'(some kind of atomb bomb or something) because our sun was dying and it would have been the end of life. That movie made me appreciate how small we are. This photo makes me appreciate how small my life is. And why I should live each day like its my last day and make it better than the day before. 10
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11/02/2008 10:26:53 AM
Really lovely. Your long, hard work paid off with this one.
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11/01/2008 08:42:09 PM
Wow! This is wonderful!!
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11/01/2008 10:14:26 AM
I always love seeing these during the free study. 8
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11/01/2008 09:39:48 AM
Spacey shot. Very beautiful. Stellar effort.
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