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.
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.