This wide-angle shot of the sky includes Orion and several neighboring constellations. The glow on the lower portion of the image is light pollution from Huntsville, TX.
|Orion and Vicinity|
|Orion and Vicinity with Labels. (The Running Man nebula is mislabeled as Messier 43.)|
Most of the Orion Complex's features can only be seen through long-exposure imaging. One of these features is called Barnard's Loop, which is named after E. E. Barnard, the astronomer who is generally credited with having discovered it. Barnard's Loop is thought to have been formed by several supernovae. The gas is being ionized by several bright stars in the constellation, which gives the loop is red color.
The Sword of Orion is located below Orion's Belt. It contains the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), De Mairan's Nebula (Messier 43) and the Running Man nebula. The Great Orion Nebula is visible to the naked eye as a fuzzy "star." Here is a close-up view of the Sword of Orion, taken with the Epsilon-200:
|Orion and Barnard's Loop|
|Orion and Barnard's Loop with Labels|
|Sword of Orion, E-200, 11x10+4x30+10x60+6x120+4x180|
|Sword of Orion, ST80, 23x30|
|The Trapezium Cluster|
|Messier 78, ST80, 7x30|