M 42 / B 33 / NGC 1977 / NGC 2024 / M 78

Compared to amateur telescopes, it is literally a wider look with the 200 [mm], F 2.8 lens at a group of objects in the Bernard’s Loop. However the loop itself is not visible on picture (caught small piece in the lower left corner – red cloud), and the main subject of the photo are objects, like the well known M42 nebula in Orion. Next to left NGC 1977 – The Running Man with his small group of stars.

M42 / B33 / NGC1977 / NGC2024 / - crop

Cropped

A little further to the left and a little down, there is young bright star Ori 48, which perfectly illuminates the hydrogen cloud, visualizing it as the self halo star. Personally, I really like the visible effect that was naturally created. In the future, I will certainly give this place more attention with a different set of equipment to take better pictures with this area.

M42 / B33 / NGC1977 / NGC2024 / M78

Full frame with heavily stars reduced

Just below the Ori 48 star, is the well known Horse Head B33 nebula, formed from Orion’s molecular clouds on the background with glow of a hydrogen cloud. Just below the Horse Head, a bright four stars – from left: IC 432, Alinitak, NGC 2023, IC 435, form a characteristic arc to enclose the NGC 2024 – Flame emission nebula.

M42 / B33 / NGC1977 / NGC2024 / M78 - with full of stars

Full frame with stars like nature shows

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Technically about the photo

There is a catastrophe on the photo. The noise at ISO 400 came out like I would never expect, from this class of camera. Interesting is that my own 6D camera make a noise different. With the same ISO is less noise. Maybe it is characteristic for modified (removing the filter) 6D camera.

I will see it when my 6D is returned to me after modification.

To finish me off, it’s worth paying attention to the shape of the stars, which literally look like coma in Newtons. I wonder how it is possible, with the original Canon’s 200 [mm] lens? It’s interesting that this effect never happened on my unmodified 6D, example: http://www.astrofoto.pekdar.net/2196/

I will find out about everything once more, when my own, already modified Canon 6D comes back to me and I will make another attempt to “look” at this very interesting area of the sky, through the same 200 [mm] lens I have.

I was fighting with myself whether to show this (photo) at all. I did my best to reduce the hardware flaws and when I look on the photo over phone, it looks good ;)))

  • Location: La Palma 12.2020
  • Equipment: Canon EF 200 [mm] 2.8L II USM, borrowed Canon 6D mod., borrowed montaż iOptron Skyguider pro.
  • Composition: APP
  • Processing: APP, RawTherapee, GIMP + add-ons (Linux)
  • Lights: ISO 400, 178 x 45[s]
  • Calibration frames: Darks, Bias, Flats