Orion's belt consists of 3 stars
"in a row" -- Alnitak, Alnilam,
and Mintaka, instantly visible to
anyone looking up at a clear
winter sky in the northern
hemisphere, or  a clear summer
sky in the southern hemisphere.
Hanging down from Orion's belt
is his sword, which seems to
consist of a few "fuzzy" stars.
Some of those areas of
"fuzziness" that are poorly
resolved by the unaided human
eye are superbly resolved by
even a modest backyard
telescope, showing brilliant
nebulosity from M42, the Great
Nebula in Orion, a "nursery" for
young stars.
Here is a wider
field version of the belt, and
here is an even wider field of
the belt and sword.
16" RCOS @ f/11.3
Apogee U9 imager
SBIG 402 guider
Astrodon Series I LRGB


R  =    1 hour, 1x1
G  =   1 hour, 1x1
B  =    1 hour, 1x1

Data acquired at

Processed with CCD
Inspector,  Maxim,
PixInsight, Neat Image,
and Adobe PS.
          Running Man Nebula
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     The Heart of Orion
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