Orion Nebula And Orion’s Belt
Above you can see a test shot. I randomly shot a photo of the night sky. I don’t like the photo as much as the other one that I uploaded, but it’s still interesting to research about the stars in the image. Someone gave me the tip to upload my night sky photos to Astrometry if I want to know what is in the picture. The site is basically analyzing the image and will show you different tags of the stars, star constellations, planets and so on. Together with the program Stellarium, this is really useful. I am afraid, astrophotography is pretty addicting, not only the part of taking a random photo, but also the fact that you want to research about the stars. It’s been a while since I suffered from the Wikipedia doom loop, but now I am there again.
Anyway, it’s a lot of fun to read about the stars. But now let’s talk about the photo. If you see the bright cluster of stars in the middle, that should be the Orion Nebula according to my research. Above that, you can see three almost aligned stars, that is the Orion’s Belt if I am right, and the stars are called Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka from the left to the right. You can even see the light pollution of Hamburg at the bottom of the image, because I shot in this direction. Talking about Orion Nebula again, it seems that this is a star-forming region, basically a birth place for starts and actually the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. It also seems to be one of the most photographed objects in the night sky, due to the fact that it is visible with the naked eye. Here is a heavy crop of my photo…
To be honest, astrophotography is more fun than I thought. You can basically point your camera straight into the night sky if there are no clouds, then you take the shot and start to do the research at home. But I am pretty much afraid that photography could now be the gateway drug to the astronomy hobby. I don’t need another expensive hobby, but with that said, I’d love to use a telescope… but, nope, I better don’t start with another hobby, even if it seems like an interesting idea. I am however amazed that you can at least try it with DSLR equipment. The picture was shot with my Tamron 70-300mm lens at 70mm.