Clouds Of Creation (Mosaic Of Orion’s Belt) by Terry Hancock on Flickr.

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This panoramic view Includes the very familiar three bright stars of Orion’s belt Alnitak (to the left of the image), Alnilam and Mintaka. the most majestic part of the Orion Molecular Cloud and two of the most recognizable sky objects in the constellation Orion, these immense stellar nurseries are approximately 1500 light years distant “The Great Orion Nebula and The Horsehead Nebula”.

This is data I captured from my backyard observatory in Fremont, Michigan over 2 seasons 2013 and 2014 over 25 nights using a QHY11S and QHY9 Monochrome CCD’s, several different telescopes were used including Takahashi E-80 F2.8, TMB92SS F5.5 Refractor and 12" f/8 Ritchey-Chrétien astrograph for enhanced detail of The Horsehead Nebula and The Orion Nebula.
420 individual exposures make up this 5 panel mosaic for a Total Exposure time of 45 hours

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