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Orion. L1001436, with story by harrietsfriend Orion. L1001436, with story by harrietsfriend
Cold temperatures bring clear skies.  Last evening was a fine example of the many stars visible.  In the Northern Hemisphere there are two easily found sights in the night sky.  The Big Dipper, it's pan with handle, and the belt of Orion.

If you photograph the heavens you will discover thousands of more stars, planets, and galaxies visible. Taken with a 90mm F2.0 Summicron to isolate a small section of the sky, still will reveal much more than you might be able to imagine. The camera was pointed in the southern direction about 45 degrees up.  With a tad of cropping, the angle of view is about 20 degrees out of the possible 360 degree view in all directions.  I chose this narrow angle to minimize the coma distortion common with extreme and moderate wide angles.  The irregular bright star below the belt is the Orion Nebula.

I left the file full (over 36 MB) for a chance to study what normally is not seen, even on a clear night.

Click on the image to magnify, then click once more.  I have offered for 490 points a huge file to download.

eugene spiegel

For most of us, only a few stars are visible.  The ones that stand out appear much like the smallest image.  Once magnified to your monitor size, the immensity is revealed.  But no.  Magnify once more and a magnitude multiples again as more appear.  More of the cosmos than you can ever see with the naked eye under the best conditions. 

The exposure was 6 seconds, at F2.0 with 1600 ISO.
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LunaTruckFan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely gorgeous!
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VikThor Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2019  Professional Traditional Artist
Now that's just fucking beautiful!!

One of the worst things of living in a big city is that you don't get to see many stars. Thanks for sharing! :)
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bubul1986 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2019
wow
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akphotographystudio Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019  Professional Photographer
Liked ;)
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LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019
Gorgeous work. 
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Lotus105 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019
Wow it really is amazing just how many stars can bee seen in that image.
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Sabz0r Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful !!
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SilentLadyGTA Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019
Fantastic !
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019
This is gorgeous.
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gbrumle Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019
did you have to do anything to the lens assembly to keep condescension from forming on the lens?
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harrietsfriend Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2019  Professional Photographer
It was only mildly cold but I still had on a lenshade and kept my breath away and shot through a protective filter.
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gbrumle Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
Thanks for info,
the first night I did night sky photography: I ended up getting condensation on my lens filter

I started up putting hand warmers over the lens body with rubber bands (and trying not to change the focus too much while getting the whole contraption in place)
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019
:)
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Make
Leica Camera AG
Model
LEICA M (Typ 240)
Shutter Speed
6/1 second
Aperture
F/4.0
Focal Length
0 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Feb 2, 2019, 9:55:01 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Macintosh