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Orion. L1001436, with story
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Published: February 3, 2019
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.
Image size
6336x4711px 36.66 MB
Leica Camera AG
LEICA M (Typ 240)
Shutter Speed
6/1 second
Focal Length
0 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 2, 2019, 9:55:01 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Macintosh
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LunaTruckFan's avatar
LunaTruckFan|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely gorgeous!
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VikThor's avatar
VikThor|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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akphotographystudio|Professional Photographer
Liked ;)
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LazyRayFinkle's avatar
Gorgeous work. 
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Lotus105's avatar
Wow it really is amazing just how many stars can bee seen in that image.
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Sabz0r|Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful !!
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keight's avatar
This is gorgeous.
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gbrumle's avatar
did you have to do anything to the lens assembly to keep condescension from forming on the lens?
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harrietsfriend|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's avatar
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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