As we continue through all the classics in the constellation Orion, here is the Running Man nebula, a reflection nebula with a ghost-like figure running through it. Can you see it?

16x4.5 secs; Lodestar Pro Mono; Starblast 114mm Autotracker; cropped

Here is an image of the iconic Horsehead nebula in the constellation Orion. When I first got interested in astronomy over 60 years ago, capturing an image of the Horsehead was a dream, or actually more like a pipe dream, requiring thousands of dollars in equipment and lots of patience. Today, largely due to the advancement of digital CCD and CMOS cameras, I could capture this image with basic equipment that cost a few hundred dollars. However, the Horsehead is still an incredibly difficult object to see visually, especially with today’s light pollution.

23x4 secs; Lodestar Pro Mono; Starblast 114mm Autotracker; cropped

E.Eggert(m2c4)

E.Eggert(m2c4)

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