I show this image not because it is a great photo but because it is my own! I know there are many extraodinary images of this nebula but this is what I saw from my backyard with a simple setup and unmodified DSLR; at my very first attempt!  It blows me away that we can look up and see such extraodinary things despite how ordinary our individual lives may seem.

Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula (M42) | Orion’s Sword | From Ross | Tasmania | Australia

Orion Nebula
Scott Bennett
Digital photograph
Camera: Nikon D5200
Lens: Nikon 55-300 f/4.5-5.6 DX (450 mm effective)
Exposure: 14 x 20 sec (4.6 min) f/5.6, ISO 3200
Mount: Vixen Polarie Equatorial Star Tracker

Orion’s Sword comprises three stars (42 Orionis, Theta Orionis, and Iota Orionis) and M42, the Orion Nebula, which together are thought to resemble a sword or its scabbard. This group is “below” the prominent asterism, Orion’s Belt.

Orion's sword detail

Orion’s Sword is a compact asterism in the constellation Orion

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