This photograph was taken by Andrés Valencia on February 10 '10 at 21:30 EST during the Winter Star Party 2010 (West Summerland Key, Florida. Lat. 23° 9' N, Lon. 81° 19' W) with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D) and an EFS 18-55 mm IS lens at 18 mm, f/3.5, exposed during 321 sec. at ISO 400 (processed to darken the background).
The camera was mounted on a polar aligned Meade LXD75 SC-8 telescope.
This photograph shows stars down to visual magnitude ~7.5. North is to the right, East up, in the picture.
Just to the south of Alnitak, in the "Belt" of Orion, is the most famous "Horse Head" Nebula (IC 434), the "Flame" Nebula (NGC 2024) is just to the east.
You can see them in the beautiful photograh "Horsehead and Flame Nebulas", by Tom Davis (in flickr.com, with others taken around these days). North is to the left, West to the top, in this photograph.
These two Nebulas are not marked in the map, as they can not be seen in small telescopes,
they can only be photographed, or barely seen in large telecopes with special "band-pass" filters.
Other "Deep Sky" objects that can be clearly seen in small telescopes are marked.
See The Orion Nebula (in ARVAL)
See M42 - The Great Nebula in Orion, by Ashley Stevens (Astrophotography with the Meade 127ED APO Refractor and the Canon EOS 10D DSLR Camera, in ARVAL)
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