Clouds Of Creation "Mosaic Of Orion's Belt"

Terry Hancock's avatar Terry Hancock

Here is a unique piece of Science combined with Photography and Art that was created locally. This panoramic view of Orion's Belt covers an area of sky over 3 degrees x 7.5 degrees, our moon would fit into this image 90 times. It Includes the very familiar three bright stars of Orion's belt Alnitak (to the left of the image), Alnilam and Mintaka. the most majestic part of the Orion Molecular Cloud and two of the most recognizable sky objects in the constellation Orion, these immense stellar nurseries are approximately 1500 light years distant "The Great Orion Nebula and The Horsehead Nebula". Captured from my backyard observatory in Fremont, Michigan over 2 seasons 2013 and 2014 over 25 nights using a QHY11S and QHY9 Monochrome CCD cameras, several different telescopes were used including Takahashi E-180 F2.8, TMB92SS F5.5 Refractor and 12" f/8 Ritchey-Chrétien astrograph for enhanced detail of The Horsehead Nebula and The Orion Nebula. 420 individual exposures make up this 5 panel mosaic for a Total Exposure time of 45 hours

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Photographic Print
  • Width: 96 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 40 inches